As per my last post the blog has a new home at, go and enjoy!
For those not following me on twitter I've been rather quiet all close season and I do of course have a very good reason for that. I've been working very hard with the people who run LoveRugbyLeague.com to help with their change from the LastTackle.com.
I've been working implementing a lot of things such as the the fantasy league and all the new design and features on the site and I'm now pretty much Love rugby league tech support. I'll also be moving my blogging over to the site and hopefully I'll be publishing all my old features of the mastermind quiz, shit look a likes and everybody wants to be ellery hanley going over with me and I hope to bring a bit of a look at the lighter side of rugby league with me, with the odd serious look at it.
I've not decided what'll happen with everything on this site yet, I'll probably close the site down and re post the better bits of content over on Love Rugby League.
I was quite amazed to look and see that I first posted something in July 2008 – nearly 3 years ago! It's been fun running this site and I hope to have even move fun being involved over at Love Rugby League.
It is Grand Final day – wahey, and it is of course the line up I predicted last week (see I get some right). Whilst I will be in Manchester I won't be at Old Trafford instead settling for Sky's coverage of the game, but who will win? Well my money's on Saints (at least it will be if I get chance to pass by the bookies) I think not facing Leeds for a change they may win this one, still it'll be close and Wigan have every chance.
St Helens v Wigan Warriors: St Helens by 10
Anyway hope you all enjoy it, I shall be witha drink or two.
Well a 50% score last week, which is less than impressive when you remember there were only 2 games. My prediction of a Warrington cup double is in tatters and I'm beginning to wonder if Leeds and Saints familiarity and experience in this stage of the competition will lead to the usual final.
As Saints bid farewell to Knowsley Road (again) it's difficult to see past a win and another grand final for them, still you never know with Huddersfield in a great run of form.
I'm going to back Wigan to finish off their best season for years and progress to the final but there is every chance Leeds will turn them over given home advantage and cracks starting to show in Wigan's game at this late stage of the season. So for me the weekend will most likely look like this;
St Helens v Huddersfield Giants: St Helens by 18
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors: Wigan Warriors by 10
So from the first round of the playoffs I scored a glorious – 0 out of 4 I will of course be looking to do better this week. With only two games hopefully at least a 50%.
So we're faced with two of the strongest teams all season Wigan and Warrington having lost their first round playoff games and getting their last chance cards to play. I personally can see Warrington winning everything and doing the double but first they have to get through Huddersfield.
Wigan Warriors v Hull KR: Wigan Warriors by 12
Warrington Wolves v Huddersfield Giants: Warrington Wolves by 16
So two home wins – anyone agree of disagree?
So I finished the regular season with a 5 out of 7, not bad but hopefully the fewer games means I can pick up a few more 100%'s.
So the business end as they call it and I won't go into detail of the playoff structure with it's silly pick your game nonsense. Instead, quite simply, here are my predictions.
St Helens v Warrington Wolves: Warrington Wolves by 8
Huddersfield Giants v Crusaders RL: Crusaders RL by 10
Hull FC v Hull KR: Hull FC by 18
Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos: Wigan Warriors by 6
Wolves to win at Knowsley Road? Crusaders to advance to next round? This as they say is knock out rugby and anything can happen.
Yes ladies and gentlemen it is the final round of the season proper and Warrington want to secure second after their Challenge cup win (which I predicted, although I did predict a closer game). Wigan's Pat Richards will also be looking for some point scoring records – good luck Pat.
So I'm hoping to go one better than my 6 out of 7 last round and post another 100% – here's what I reckon will happen this weekend.
Wigan Warriors v Bradford Bulls: Wigan Warriors by 30
Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos: Leeds Rhinos by 10
St Helens v Castleford Tigers: St Helens by 22
Harlequins RL v Warrington Wolves: Warrington Wolves by 12
Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield Giants: Catalans Dragons by 8
Crusaders RL v Hull KR: Hull KR by 16
Salford City Reds v Wakefield Wildcats: Salford City Reds by 4
Well having missed watching last years cup final live I'm actually going to be able to settle down and take in the BBC coverage of this year's clash between Warrington and Leeds.
For those going the first sell out cup final for quite a few years does show some promise for Rugby League and hopefully the game lives up to it's billing.
It's going to be a close one I think, maybe not in the score but certainly on the pitch. I could see a few late tries open up a gap in the scoreline maybe?
Some interesting bets to be had but I don't think I'll be throwing money at this one – if I did I'd be backing Warrington to repeat their success of last season. What do you reckon?
4 out of 7 last week – respectable at least. But how will this weekend go? Well here's what I think:
Leeds Rhinos v Catalans Dragons: Leeds Rhinos by 28
Crusaders RL v St Helens: St Helens by 12
Bradford Bulls v Wakefield Wildcats: Wakefield Wildcats by 10
Huddersfield Giants v Salford City Reds: Huddersfield Giants by 12
Hull KR v Wigan Warriors: Wigan Warriors by 8
Warrington Wolves v Hull FC: Warrington Wolves by 16
Castleford Tigers v Harlequins RL: Castleford Tigers by 10
So firstly an apology for not putting up any Challenge cup predictions last weekend, I was getting married which kind of shifts some focus.
Anyway in the last round of Super League picks I came away with a barn storming 8 – yes my first 100% week of the season! Joy and celebration!
Let that continue with this weeks picks which look like this.
Salford City Reds v Hull KR: Hull KR by 6 points
Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos: Castleford Tigers by 10 points
Wakefield Wildcast v Warrington Wolves: Warrington Wolves by 10 points
Hull FC v Crusaders RL: Hull FC by 12 points
St Helens v Bradford Bulls: St Helens by 20 points
Catalans Dragons v Harlequins RL: Catalans Dragons by 10 points
Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants: Wigan Warriors by 18 points