Phil Spink takes a look at the Round 6 Super League matches on Friday and predicts more struggles for the Champions...
"with the heartbreak of the Grand Final still fresh in the memory this looks a great opportunity for Warrington to dish out some serious revenge."
Warrington Wolves vs Wigan Warriors
Friday March 15, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Wolves to hunt down wounded Warriors
Super League never ceases to amaze and last week's Round 5-action produced some stunning results, the pick of which had to be Salford's 46-0 victory in France against a pathetic Catalans Dragons. Warrington Wolves were the only side to cover the line, ending Castleford's unbeaten record with an impressive 24-10 home-win, and they can reward handicap-backers again as they welcome Wigan Warriors at a good time in the televised game.
It's a repeat of last season's Grand Final, which the marketers have dubbed 'Bad Blood', and the fortunes of the two clubs since that October night at Old Trafford have changed immensely. The reigning Champions have laboured following the departure of Shaun Wane, the stoic defensive-displays that led them to a fifth Super League title non-existent this year, a win over fellow strugglers Leeds all they have to show for their efforts.
Warrington are four from five, their only defeat coming at the hands of Catalans in France, but they showed their class when bouncing back against Castleford. They blitzed the Warriors 23-0 in the Challenge Cup in their last meeting at the Halliwell Jones in June, and with the heartbreak of the Grand Final still fresh in the memory this looks a great opportunity for them to dish out some serious revenge.
Leeds Rhinos vs London Broncos
Friday March 15, 19:45
Dixon good value to strike at Headingley
London Broncos are in a far better position than many expected after six games having notched up home wins over Wakefield and Wigan, and Danny Ward's side could ruffle some feathers on their first trip to Leeds in five years.
The Rhinos have had a disappointing start, last week's 10-34 defeat at Hull their fifth in six matches. Dave Furner will be hoping that the return of Leeds-stalwarts Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Carl Ablett can settle things down but only the brave would be taking the home side to cover sixteen points given how tamely they folded against Wakefield in their first game back at the redeveloped Headingley a fortnight ago.
An understrength Broncos were far from disgraced in a 26-0 defeat at St Helens last week and welcome back a host of players now, among them captain Jay Pitts and the free-scoring Kieran Dixon, and it's the energetic Dixon who is worth a bet to add to his two tries this year against a side who have been conceding for fun.