Back Jack to attack
Wakefield Trinity vs. Leeds Rhinos
Friday June 7, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Friday's televised game is a fascinating West Yorkshire derby and it could be worth backing the talismanic Jack Walker to continue his tryscoring run for Leeds.
The nineteen-year-old fullback has signed a new long-term deal with the struggling Rhinos and his contribution to their fortunes this season has been massive. He's been on the scoresheet in three of their five league wins having started in just four of them and was notching in back-to-back games returning from injury against London at Anfield.
Wakefield Trinity have won just once in the league since beating the Rhinos 26-24 at Belle Vue and were dumped out of the Challenge Cup by St Helens last week. They've had the upper hand in this fixture of late and that Easter Monday success followed on from their fantastic 35-18 victory at Headingley in March.
Both sides are due to welcome back star-hitters in David Fifita and Konrad Hurrell, while the visitors also recall Tui Lolohea and former Wakefield forward Brett Ferres. It's a tricky game to call on the handicap, with Trinity's good form having ended and the Rhinos having thrown in far too many stinkers for comfort, so a wager on the Leeds number 1 to celebrate the announcement of his new contract with a try looks the best bet.
Bad start on the cards for Smith
Hull Kingston Rovers vs. Wigan Warriors
Sunday June 9, 15:00 BST
Wigan Warriors can pick up a much-needed win at Hull Kingston Rovers, who parted company with coach Tim Sheens earlier this week.
Sheens, a World Cup winner with Australia, was dismissed following last week's Challenge Cup defeat against Warrington on the back of a run of five defeats in six games in Super League. Rovers are just two points ahead of bottom club London and have reportedly recruited impressively for 2020, so relegation to the Championship would be a calamity.
Former Leeds, Warrington and England coach Tony Smith takes the helm at Craven Park after eighteen months out of the sport and has work to do to galvanise his new charges, who have conceded the most points in the league.
Wigan have also had a tough time of it of late, losing their last three, though those games have been against Warrington (twice) and Catalans at the Nou Camp. They'd won three on the spin before that and the reigning Champions could be set to bounce back to form against the beleaguered Robins, with a number of first-teamers, including Liams Farrell and Marshall, and Thomas Leuluai set to return for Adrian Lam.
Back the Warriors to show Tony Smith just what he has on his plate with the win, covering the handicap of six.
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