Super League Tips: Saints to enjoy a rare Good Friday

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St Helens can have reason to celebrate on Good Friday
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Phil Spink takes a look at the televised games on Thursday and Friday as a busy Easter period gets underway...

"A blip against Leeds aside, St Helens have looked easily the strongest team in the division after seven rounds

Tigers to roar again

Wakefield Trinity vs Castleford Tigers
Thursday 29th March, 19:45 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Arena

The in-form Castleford Tigers can get the Easter rounds off to a bang with another victory over local rivals Wakefield.

There is a suspicion Wakefield are waning slightly after their excellent start having suffered back-to-back defeats against Wigan and Warrington, albeit with an abandoned game in between. They were asleep in the opening stages of both halves against Warrington, conceding tries in the 2nd and 41st minutes' respectively, and that has to be a concern given they are taking on a red-hot Castleford side who were 18-0 up against Leeds with less than a quarter of an hour gone last week.

That blistering start proved vital for the Tigers at Elland Road as they held on grimly for a 25-24 success in what was easily the best game of the season so far. That was their fourth win in a row and they look to have the bit between their teeth now.

You have to go back to the opening round of the 2015 Super League season to find the last time Wakefield got one over on their neighbours and their wait for another win looks set to continue.

Eight-point start grand for Rovers

Hull KR vs Hull FC
Friday 30th March, 12:50 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Arena

The pride of Hull is at stake in the first of two sensational derbies on Friday and Rovers should be backed in front of a big home crowd in receipt of 8 points from the Challenge Cup holders.

Many will have expected the gap between the two sides in the league to have been more than two points at Easter, but the Black and Whites have struggled for consistency. A lengthy injury list hasn't helped but they are set to welcome back captain and top tackler Danny Houghton, as well as prop and former Hull KR man Mickey Paea. Hull returned to winning ways with a 42-16 win over bottom side Catalans last week but face an altogether different beast here in their local rivals who will have a massive following at Craven Park.

The Robins have beaten Catalans and Huddersfield this year, but their strong efforts in defeat against Leeds and again last week against St Helens have suggested they are more than capable of a top 8 finish. The news of Danny McGuire's availability is a massive boost, as is the return of Shaun Lunt. The influential hooker has a habit of popping up with a try in these crunch games and he's worth a dabble at 11/2 to cross the whitewash.

Saints to enjoy a rare Good Friday

St Helens vs Wigan Warriors
Friday 30th March, 15:15 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Arena

As constant with Easter as chocolate is the Good Friday-clash between St Helens and Wigan and it is one the Cherry and Whites have dominated, winning it for the last eight years.

A lot of water has gone under the bridge since their 29-18 success at the DW Stadium last April, with Justin Holbrook arriving at Saints just three weeks later and turning them into a sensational force. They bounced back to winning ways after a first defeat of the season against Leeds with a hard-fought 30-6 success at Hull KR, and the defensive resilience they showed there will be needed in spades against Shaun Wane's side, about whom there is a renewed sense of optimism.

The Warriors put nine tries past Huddersfield in a ruthless 48-10 victory last week that spelled the end of Rick Stone's tenure as coach of the Giants. That was their third win in a row, all of them coming at home. The loss of Morgan Escare off the bench for them here will be a big loss, while Saints must do without centre Adam Swift who suffered a shoulder injury early on at Hull KR.

A blip against Leeds aside, St Helens have looked easily the strongest team in the division after seven rounds. Home advantage may prove vital and we'll go against history and take the Saints to have a successful Good Friday for the first time since 2009.

P/L 2018

Staked: 28pts
Returned: 12pts
P/L: -16pts

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