Just when you think you've got the league sussed, Warrington go to Leeds off the back of several losses and convincingly cause an upset. Stranger things have happened, but that result was one of the biggest of the season so far. Suddenly, the Rhinos lead at the top of the league doesn't look as unassailable, and the chasing pack have all started playing much better rugby. The season is just starting to come to the boil now, so here's where you should placing your money this week.
1 - Huddersfield Giants to beat Leeds Rhinos @ 2.47/5
Thursday 30th April, 20:00
Earlier on this season, Leeds won the reverse fixture fairly easily, but Huddersfield still showed signs of being able to make the most of a leaky Leeds backline. Form in Super League tends to go with momentum, and while Huddersfield have had stop-start inconsistency, Leeds will have had their confidence heavily dented by the heavy loss at home last week. On one of the bigger pitches in the league, the Giants know how to use their home advantage, with Danny Brough often running matches with his pinpoint kicking game. Over the past few years, Huddersfield have had the beating of their West Yorkshire rivals, and will have taken heart from seeing what Warrington were able to do them last time out. This will be a close call and very physical, but with Huddersfield given such long odds, they're the smart bet.
2 - Wigan Warriors to beat Hull Kingston Rovers by a margin of 11-20pts @ 3.02/1
Friday 1st May, 20:00
It's taken a little while, but slowly, Wigan have started to grow in to the campaign. Like most sides, they struggled for consistency for the majority of the opening weekly rounds, but did just enough to keep themselves within touching distance at the top of the league. Their young backs, namely Joe Burgess, Dominic Manfredi and George Williams, have all played huge parts in their recent resurgence, with the wingers dominating the scoreboard. Hull KR have been great value this year, and are a joy to watch, but away from home against a hungry Warriors outfit, this match is only going one way. Backing the home side to win is the easy part, but getting the right point scoring band will return the most if you call it right.
3 - Hull FC to beat Salford Red Devils by a margin of 21-30pts @ 3.55/2
Friday 1st May, 20:00
Earlier on this week, Salford tabled a formal request to the black and whites, asking to have this game postponed. Hull, needing points on the board themselves, hastily declined. With the Red Devils squad so depleted through both suspension and injury that their coaching team may have to come out of retirement and play, Hull should take the chance to put their advantage to some use. FC are a side capable of scoring points, with Lineham and Shaul some of the better attacking players in the league, so this could be an opportunity to boost their points difference. Salford clearly believe they're in no position to give a good enough account of themselves to win this one, hence asking for a postponement, so backing Hull to win big selects itself.