With the Super 8s more or less wrapped up and only one place left to decide, the Super League’s top four will now look at building towards the playoffs, with a spot in the Grand Final potentially only three games away.
Our Rugby League betting expert guides you through the best rugby betting odds from the upcoming weekends Super 8s action.
Castleford v Wakefield
Castleford Tigers enter the business end of the season well placed in the league, and playing some top-quality rugby in recent weeks, and they haven’t lost a game in the Super 8s since week one. They take on a Wakefield Trinity team who have been good, but not great this season, and who miss out on the playoffs.
I expect an exciting game with plenty of try’s and ultimately a large Tigers win. Cas to win both halves can be found at Evens with Grosvenorsport.com, and I think there is a real chance Castleford can win by three converted scores. Cas on a -17.5 handicap offers great value at 7/4.
Warrington v St. Helens
Probably the most exciting fixture of the weekend, there is also a real chance this game will open up the Semi Finals. It will be interesting to see if both teams play full strength lineups, or rest key players, but regardless it should be a great fixture.
Warrington Wolves approach the game as favourites, and have scored over 100 points in their last two home games, including an 80-10 thumping of Hull FC, so playing at the Halliwell Jones Stadium is a formidable task.
Unfortunately for Warrington, Saints are used to approaching tough tasks and demolishing them. Saints have already won the League Leaders Shield, and will be looking to rebuild their momentum after suffering a setback against Wigan recently. If the star-studded Saints backline all feature, it could quickly turn ugly for The Wire. I back St. Helens to win at 5/4.
Hull FC v Catalans Dragons
Both teams have effectively finished their season, and are now just playing for pride. Hull FC have had a torrid time compared to their successes of the last few seasons, and shipped plenty of points recently, including 38 to St. Helens last week.
Catalans achieved their fairy-tale and won the Challenge Cup this year, which was an incredible feat. However, since then they have done nothing in the Super 8s, and are bottom of the table. This game is the very definition of a dead rubber, and I expect it to be played out as such. I expect a low scoring game, with a Catalans win, which can be backed at 5/4