Barba to prove a cut above once more
Widnes Vikings vs St Helens
Monday 2nd April, 15:05 BST
Live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Arena
A check on the line-ups is strongly advised before having a punt on any of the full programme of matches on Monday, with many coaches last week stating they would be rotating players for the second game over Easter.
Widnes have certainly had to make the changes for the visit of St Helens, with four involved in their 32-18 defeat at Warrington not backing that up, including full back Rhys Hanbury and Krisnan Inu. The absence of Inu, their leading try-scorer this year with six, will be felt particularly hard.
St Helens on the other hand are able to name the same squad from their barnstorming 21-18 win over Wigan. Ben Barba, the opening try-scorer on Friday, continues to light up Super League, and could inflict some real damage on Widnes if getting the game time again. Back the Saints sensation to cross the whitewash twice.
Fee-fi-fo-fum, Giants defeat could see McNamara done
Catalans Dragons vs Huddersfield Giants
Monday 2nd April, 17:15 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Time looks to be running out for Steve McNamara at Catalans and the misery could continue for the former England boss in the South of France as the Dragons welcome Huddersfield.
The French side suffered a seventh defeat of the campaign at Salford on Friday and are in real danger of becoming cast adrift from the other sides fighting to avoid the Super 8s. Their excellent home record is a thing of the past and they come up against a buoyant Huddersfield who put a whopping 56 points past them on their last trip across the Channel in June.
The Giants, who dismissed their head coach Rick Stone last week, put in a cracking shift to earn a 20-20 draw against Leeds. They remain without several of their first-teamers, but as that performance showed they have some exciting youngsters in their ranks and can also welcome back the experienced Dale Ferguson here.
Caretaker coach Chris Thorman reportedly gave his side 'the hairdryer treatment' prior to that inspired showing on Friday, and if his 'shouting' can continue to have the same effect then Huddersfield will surely start picking up the wins again. Back them to do so at a ground that has been good to them in recent years.