A trip to Wakefield is the last thing Wigan need, while Widnes look set for a ninth straight defeat. Phil Spink previews this week's televised games...
"Confidence in the Catalans camp will be sky-high after their victory over Huddersfield in the Challenge Cup last week and they could highlight just what a stiff task former Bradford-coach Cummins has on his hands."
Wakefield to continue good record against wounded Wigan
Wakefield Trinity vs Wigan Warriors
Thursday 7 June, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
All doesn't appear to be well in the Warriors camp, with the announcement of Shaun Wane's departure at the end of season followed by two defeats and news emerging of off-the-field trouble involving Joel and Sam Tomkins. A trip to Belle Vue then, where they have been nilled on two of their last three visits, couldn't have come at a worse time. Sam Tomkins, who has been one of Wigan's stars this year, should start, though Joel has been suspended for four weeks. Centre Dan Sarginson is back in the squad which features a number of young players.
Wakefield, who can also count a 42-30 success at the DW Stadium last season among their recent triumphs over Wigan, haven't been in action since resuming winning ways with a 19-6 success against Widnes on May 25th. Tom Johnstone was back among the scorers there and looks worth backing to inflict further damage this evening. The return of captain Danny Kirmond is a huge boost for Trinity who are worth a bet without the benefit of the four-point start in the outright market.
Wolves to roar again run but don't count out Q
Warrington Wolves vs Castleford Tigers
Friday 8 June, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Friday sees a key game in the battle for a top-four spot as Castleford visit Warrington.
The two sides featured in a memorable match in virtually unplayable conditions in the first meeting this season at the Jungle, Warrington grinding out a fine 18-6 victory on a sodden pitch. The Wolves have lost just once since, to Wigan at the Magic Weekned, but gained their revenge last week with a superb 23-0 win to advance to the Challenge Cup Semi Finals. They could be the team to chase home St Helens in second if they can keep this tremendous run going.
Steve Price will be the envy of the rest of the Super League coaches as he can name an unchanged squad and they can cover the eight handicap.
The Tigers bounced back from another heavy defeat to St Helens with an impressive 42-14 win at Hull KR last week, the returning Greg Eden and impressive young winger Kieran Gill contributing to the four tries in the first twenty minutes that saw the game quickly sewn up. They could give a debut to Quentin Laulu-Togaga'e in their troublesome full-back spot and the big Samoan known as Q, who scored four times in four games for dual registration partners Halifax, could be worth backing to make an immediate impact with a score.
Catalans to highlight Widnes short cummins
Catalans Dragons vs Widnes Vikings
Saturday 9 June, 17:00 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena Red Button
Widnes are the visitors to Perpignan on Saturday and the two clubs have been heading in different directions recently.
Having spent most of the year rooted to the foot of Super League, Catalans have won six of their last seven games in all competitions and are now a point off the top eight with a game in hand.
The Vikings, however, have slumped to the foot of the table after eight defeats in a row, with the latest loss to Wakefield signalling the end of Denis Betts' reign as coach. Francis Cummins has taken over in the hotseat and has quickly brought in experienced forward Weller Hauraki from Salford in a swap deal, though the bottom side are still plagued by the injuries that have been a recurring theme.
Widnes opened the season with an impressive 40-12 home win over the Dragons but that will seem like a lifetime ago to their supporters and they've won just twice since in the league. Confidence in the Catalans camp will be sky-high after their victory over Huddersfield in the Challenge Cup last week and they could highlight just what a stiff task former Bradford-coach Cummins has on his hands with another comfortable win.