Super League Tips: Saints to march on

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Ben Barba can inspire St Helens to another victory
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Phil Spink takes a look at the three televised Super League games and predicts wins for Leeds, St Helens and Catalans...

"St Helens will be hard to beat while Ben Barba continues in this sort of form."

Hull's Headingley hoodoo to continue

Leeds Rhinos vs Hull FC
Thursday 8th March, 19:45 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Arena

Hull have a host of missing players and a horrendous record at Headingley to overcome when they travel to Leeds in the first of this week's three televised games on Thursday. Injured Bureata Faraimo, a try scorer in Hull's last two matches, and the suspended Liam Watts are the latest to miss out for the Black and Whites as they bid for a third win of the season at a ground they haven't come away victorious from in a league fixture since September 2007.

Leeds had a badly-depleted squad themselves when they were last in action, going down 23-6 at Widnes with a side missing seven of the regulars involved in the World Club Challenge the previous week. The Beast From The East put paid to their Round 4 game against Catalans but the week off may turn out to be a blessing in disguise, with the five returning players named in the squad for that game, including Ryan Hall and Joel Moon, all having had extra time to get up to speed, while the exciting full-back Jack Walker, fresh from an England call-up, could return to action from the bench this evening.

It's a new-look Headingley that hosts the Rhinos for the first time this season, but it's set to be the same old result for Hull.

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Back Leeds Rhinos Half Time/Full Time - 5/6

Saints to remain unbeaten

Warrington Wolves vs St Helens
Friday 9th March, 19:45 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Arena

St Helens are solid favourites in the League Shield and Grand Final markets after an impressive start and can maintain their unbeaten record on their visit to Warrington.

Ben Barba has picked up where he left off last season with some stunning displays and along with his four tries, including two in the 34-2 victory over Salford on Sunday, he also sits at the top of the table for assists having set up six of the 17 tries scored by the other Saints players so far. St Helens will be hard to beat while the number 23 continues in this sort of form.

Warrington went down 21-12 at Hull in an ill-tempered game last week but will have been buoyed by their performance in the last half hour from 18-0 down. They are very much still a work in progress under Steve Price but represent a stern test for the visitors having deservedly beaten Wigan in their last home match. Bryson Goodwin should be fit for the Wolves despite not finishing the Hull game and Kevin Brown returns against his home-town club. Saints must do without Jon Wilkin.

This looks set to be the toughest game the league leaders have faced so far but they can rise to the occasion.

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Back St Helens -6 - 10/11

Dragons can get off the mark

Catalans Dragons vs Hull KR
Saturday 10th March, 17:00 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Arena

Catalans take on Hull KR for the second time in the space of a month and could finally get off the mark.

The Dragons endured a miserable night on their visit to East Yorkshire three weeks ago, going down 23-4, but have put in better displays in their two previous games in France, pushing Wakefield close and more than holding their own for long periods against St Helens.

That win for the Robins is their only victory this season and their 36-12 defeat at Salford a fortnight ago highlighted how much they need to improve if they are to avoid the Qualifiers.

Neither side played last week, and while the squads hadn't been announced at time of writing, Hull KR are reportedly set to welcome back Danny McGuire, while Paul Aiton will return for the French side having been named in the squad for their postponed trip to Leeds. This is unlikely to be pretty but could provide some welcome relief for Catalans coach Steve McNamara.

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Back Catalans -8 - 10/11

<strong>2018 Rugby League P/L</strong>

Staked: 18pts
Returned: 6.4pts
P/L: -11.6pts

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