Super League Tips: Wolves to get back on track

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Warrington Wolves supporters can celebrate a return to winning ways at home to Hull FC
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Phil Spink previews the televised Round 16 games and explains why he believes Warrington and Leeds will bounce back to winning ways...

"Hull came out on top 21-12 in the home encounter in March but will struggle to repeat the feat with such a depleted side taking on a significantly-stronger Warrington now."

Saints to tame the Tigers again

Castleford Tigers vs St Helens
Thursday 24 May, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

St Helens can record a third win over Castleford Tigers this season on Thursday night.

The league leaders ended Castleford's Challenge Cup campaign with a 36-18 success on their last visit to Yorkshire. That came just a fortnight after they thumped them 46-6 on Merseyside in Round 1. St Helens made it five wins in a row when seeing off Widnes at the Magic Weekend, not conceding a point in the second half, with Ben Barba and scrum-half Danny Richardson once again racking up the points.
Leading tryscorer Barba has already scored five against the Tigers this season and must be backed to cross the whitewash.

Castleford put up their best performance of the year when seeing off Leeds once again at Newcastle on Saturday, dominating throughout. They'll face a much sterner test here, with Saints expected to be unchanged from last week, and this will ask a serious question of their title credentials. Ben Roberts and James Green come into their side.

Back St Helens to give up six points and the star of the season Ben Barba to help them on their way with a try.

Warrington to bounce back

Warrington Wolves vs Hull FC
Friday 25 May, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

Warrington can bounce back to winning ways against a patched-up Hull on Friday.

The Wolves suffered their first defeat in 11 games when going down 38-10 to an impressive Wigan at Magic Weekend. They went in at half time with every chance but had no answer to a blistering second-half Warriors performance and failed to add to their score.

Prior to Newcastle, they'd been the form side in Super League, rattling off ten wins in a row, including victories at Castleford and Leeds, to move into the top four.

Harvey Livett has been outstanding and is seeking to score in his fifth successive match. At 25/1 he is crying out to be backed to repeat last week's feat of notching first. Bryson Goodwin and Sitaleki Akauola are absent from the Magic Weekend squad.

Hull's injury list had hit double figures prior to their gutsy 34-22 derby win over Hull KR in Newcastle. There is no let up for them, however, with one of their standout performers in 2018, Josh Griffin, and Scott Taylor, now joining those on the sidelines. They came out on top 21-12 in the home encounter in March but will struggle to repeat the feat with such a depleted side taking on a significantly-stronger Warrington now.

Risky to write off wounded Leeds

Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos
Saturday 26 May, 17:00 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena Red Button

The Super League table has an unfamiliar look to it, with Catalans Dragons off the bottom for only the second time this year and occupying the lofty position of tenth after their deserved Magic Weekend victory over Salford. Jodie Broughton put in an inspired performance with a hat-trick against his former side and will be hoping for another big game against his hometown club as they seek a fifth league win.

Leeds Rhinos slumped to a fourth loss in five games in the league with another defeat to Castleford at Newcastle. They looked particularly flat throughout, with an exasperated Brian McDermott labelling his side "soft". Worse for the Rhinos was the season-ending injury to captain Kallum Watkins and he will be missed in a massive way after a fine campaign. Jimmy Keinhorst has been recalled from Widnes and looks set to start.

This is the first meeting between the sides this year and their current form couldn't be more contrasting. Leeds have a pretty good record on their trips to Perpignan though, and for all they are beset by injuries it wouldn't be a massive surprise to see a big response from them with plenty of the youngsters keen to make their mark. A bet off scratch looks worth taking.

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