Super League Super 8s Betting Tips: Giants can smell blood again
Huddersfield and an in-form Castleford youngster can reward backers says Phil Spink as he looks at the best Rugby League bets over the next couple of days...
"Back the Giants to triumph once more and cover the handicap of eight."
Rampant Giants to punish disappointing Hull
Huddersfield Giants vs Hull FC
Friday 17, August, 19:45 BST
Huddersfield can maintain their remarkable push for a top-four finish with a sixth straight win on Friday.
Simon Woolford's arrival at the Giants has been one of the success stories of the season and they notched up a tenth win under the former Newcastle Knights assistant with an impressive 16-12 success over St Helens last week, quickly building up a lead and showing great resilience to limit the league leaders to just one try in the second half.
The rampant Darnell McIntosh bids to score for a remarkable eighth game in a row and should be backed to do so against a Hull side who are finishing off the year disappointingly, losing their last five, a run which began with a 29-18 defeat at Huddersfield at the start of July.
Back the Giants to triumph once more and cover the handicap of eight.
The Trueman Show
Castleford Tigers vs Warrington Wolves
Friday 17, August, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Action
Take in-form Castleford half-back Jake Trueman to score again against Warrington on Friday.
The teenager is finishing his first full season with the Tigers in good style and has crossed the whitewash in the last three matches, his early second-half score starting the Castleford fightback against Wigan which ultimately fell short.
At 15/8 he's crying out to be backed to punish the Wolves, who were impressive against their Challenge Cup Final opponents Catalans last week, but who are likely to have one eye on Wembley themselves now and are without Josh Charnley, Harvey Livett and Ben Westwood.
Toulouse to prove too strong back home
Toulouse vs Halifax
Saturday 18 August, 19:00 BST
Toulouse Olympique showed they will be no back-number in the Qualifiers with a spirited display against Leeds last week and can get points on the board against Halifax on Saturday.
The French side were more than a match for their hosts for fifty minutes at Headingley and ran in four tries, including a gallant late score from Chris Centrone. The Italian international has been catching the eye in centre in recent weeks and that was his sixth try in four games. He could be worth a punt to strike again if at anything around the even-money mark when the prices appear.
Part-timers Halifax held their own against Toronto in their first game in the Qualifiers, but were unable to get on the scoreboard, going down 14-0 at the Shay. Richard Marshall's side edged a gripping 19-14 victory against their opponents at home last month but were beaten heavily 38-6 in France back in March. They'll need to put in another strong defensive shift to keep out the free-scoring French side, but if Toulouse can build on that performance against Leeds then they cover the handicap of 10.
Back Huddersfield Giants -8 - 10/11
Back Darnell McIntosh to score anytime Huddersfield Giants vs Hull FC – 10/11
Back Jake Trueman to score anytime Castleford Tigers vs Warrington Wolves - 15/8
Back Toulouse Olympique -10 – 10/11