Super League Tips: Warrington to continue their fine run

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Warrington Wolves fans could be celebrating again at Headingley
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Phil Spink takes a look at the televised Round 14 games and thinks Warrington can continue their good run...

"Warrington look to have the bit between their teeth on this occasion and are worth backing in receipt of four points."

Take tryscorers Morgan and Lomax against Catalans

St Helens vs Catalans Dragons
Thursday, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

Rampant St Helens welcome Catalans Dragons in Thursday's game.

Saints have run in a staggering 23 tries in their last two matches, which is just three shy of what Catalans have managed in the league all season. In Ben Barba they have one of the best players seen in Super League for a long time and the Australian ran in a hat-trick in last week's 60-10 win at Salford to take his own tally to 15 for the year. He's reportedly none the worse following an injury scare that saw him stretchered off in the closing stages, but it remains to be seen whether he'll be risked by Justin Holbrook here. Captain James Roby and centre Adam Swift are big names to return to the squad.

Catalans became the latest side to triumph with a late drop goal when gaining just their third league win in a 25-24 nail-biter against Hull on Saturday. New half-back signing Josh Drinkwater inspired the Dragons to their best performance of the season with a debut try and a perfect six from six goals. That win took them off the bottom of the table but they couldn't have asked for a tougher game in which to try and make it three victories in a row. The absence of David Mead, their top try-scorer with six, is a big blow.

It's impossible to see anything other than a Saints victory but taking them to prevail by more than four converted tries looks risky against a side who have done this column few favours. Instead we'll back Ryan Morgan and Jonny Lomax to cross the whitewash for the league leaders. Morgan has notched doubles in his last two games and will be looking to continue a good record against the Dragons having scored in both meetings last season. The magnificent Lomax hit a hat-trick in his side's last home game against Huddersfield and can't go unbacked at 6/4.

Leeds to come unstuck again

Leeds Rhinos vs Warrington Wolves
Friday, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

Leeds host Super League's in-form side Warrington on Friday.

The Wolves, who lost 12-16 at home to Leeds in the opening game of the season, have really hit their straps and are seeking a ninth straight win. The signing of Josh Charnley has been inspired and the former Wigan man has scored 10 tries in six games, including a hat-trick in last week's 38-4 success over Huddersfield.

Leeds got back on track following a couple of narrow defeats with a hard-fought 20-18 win at Hull KR on Sunday, putting in a resilient defensive performance as the Robins threw everything at them late on. Despite that they once again found themselves on the wrong side of the referee's whistle and the amount of penalties they concede (32 in their last three games) remains a concern. Hull KR slotted in an early score last week and it could be worth backing Warrington to do the same at 9/1.

Warrington have had mixed fortunes on their visits to Headingley in recent years and suffered an embarrassing 40-0 whitewash a year ago. They look to have the bit between their teeth on this occasion though, and are worth backing in receipt of four points with Leeds having come unstuck against other top-six rivals Hull, Wigan and Castleford this season.

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