Who saw this coming? Still in winter but a cold snap?! If anyone gets to a game this weekend, congratulations to you!
But if not then never mind as The 18th Man brings you this week’s edition of the predictions for the games scheduled to be on, find out how your club will go this weekend!
Hull FC Vs Warrington Wolves
A few miles west as Hull FC host Warrington Wolves at the KCOM stadium.
Hull on a bit of a blip two straight defeats whereas the Wolves have managed the exact opposite.
Marc Sneyd Vs Tyrone Roberts
First up is a focus on the half-backs as back-to-back Lance Todd Trophy winner Marc Sneyd faces NRL import Tyrone Roberts.
Sneyd bagged 266 points for Hull last season in his 30 appearances, clearly an asset for the black and whites.
But Roberts is slowly clicking in to gear with Warrington and following seven season between Newcastle Knights and Gold Coast Titans, he has plenty of experience and skill in him.
Both are potent with their leadership and kicking games in what should be an interesting match-up between both pivots.
Liam Watts Vs Chris Hill
Now the juggernauts as Liam Watts goes toe-to-toe with England international Chris Hill.
Watts has emerged as a fans favourite with the ‘Old Faithful’ and going by his form in recent seasons, it is hardly surprising.
But Hill has always been popular amongst the ‘Wire’ and has been consistent with his performances, hence his numerous international appearances.
A ‘crunch’ battle between two man mountains who possess skill a whole lot of go forward in a match that could be dominated by the pack.
Carlos Tuimavave Vs Bryson Goodwin
Or will it be all about the pack? Perhaps not as a look at the three-quarters sees Carlos Tuimavave go up against Bryson Goodwin.
Tuimavave has been a revelation at Hull, being a key figure in their recent success by being able to adapt between positions in the back line.
But Goodwin is a formidable opponent going by all of his experience and achievements in the NRL and has already started strong in Super League.
A lot of quality between the two as Super League has yet to see either at their true potential this season, maybe this game could finally show this off.
Both teams maybe in different form but the rugby league played in recent weeks has not been easy on the eye from either of them.
Hull, despite two defeats, still look like they boast an impressive squad that have much more experience together.
Sneyd, with Albert Kelly, can cause any opposition havoc, though they are still weak at hooker with Danny Houghton injured and of course, Jamie Shaul needs a vast improvement.
Their forwards look powerful though; with Watts, Mickey Paea and Mark Minichiello will cause the Wolves problems, as will the returning Scott Taylor and Sika Manu.
But their weak link in recent weeks has been their ability to defend out wide, something Fetuli Talanoa and Bureta Faraimo have been guilty of and must amend.
In response, the Wolves could exploit this but what are the chances as their attack has been poor in the opening month thus far.
Scoring nine tries in four games just is not good enough should they wish to challenge for any silverware this season.
The loss of Kevin Brown may hinder them or it might give the Wolves a bit of independence rather than relying on the international.
Roberts, with Daryl Clark and Stefan Ratchford could trouble Hull, as they possessing a fluent kicking game, quick running from the ruck and side-stepping all between them.
That and they have some big forwards in Ben Murdoch-Masila, Michael Cooper and Dom Crosby, all joining Hill.
But Ben Currie may be a loss to them and considering their struggle in attack, this will probably undo here against Hull.
The Airlie Birds’ pack will get on top as they have a healthy array of experience and youth that have matured superbly.
That and welcoming players back instead of losing key personnel will provide the hosts will a morale boost.
Warrington will put in a strong effort but unless they can finally get their attack together and gel with each other, a return to losing ways looks imminent.
Prediction: Hull FC 32-18 Warrington Wolves
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