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Breaking News ! We've reached round six of the Super League season and as we do every week, we've collected the thoughts of the local and national press to get their predictions for this week's games. This is a round like no other with five games moved to Monday night to allow fans to attend, signalling the end of the behind closed doors era. Here's how our pundits panel see those matches going. Gareth Walker - The Mirror Castleford v Hull KR A repeat of the thrilling Challenge Cup tie that went to golden point, but with Castleford this time the hosts. Expect plenty more points and a seesaw game. Prediction: Tigers Leigh v Wigan There was little between these two on the opening night of the season when the Centurions gave them a real scare. But despite the return of fans at the Leigh Sports Village it’s a tough ask. Prediction: Wigan St Helens v Salford Another opening night rematch, since when Saints have been miserly in defence and effective in attack. Hard to see past the champions again. Prediction: St Helens Warrington v Huddersfield The Wolves are finding some kind of form and the Giants are certainly improving. Could be the game of the weekend and maybe a slight shock. Prediction: Huddersfield Hull FC v Catalans The Black and Whites continue to develop under Brett Hodgson and seem to have a solid base that will be difficult for Catalans to crack. Prediction: Hull Read More Related Articles Kyle Eastmond explains shock retirement from rugby league as Leeds Rhinos star quits Read More Related Articles Castleford Tigers' Jake Trueman responds to Warrington Wolves transfer speculation Matt Shaw - Rugby League Live editor Castleford v Hull KR I should know better by now. But I'm tipping Hull KR. They always let me down when I back them but they've had a week off and I think it will serve them well, especially after Castleford’s tough win last week. Prediction: Hull KR Hull FC v Catalans Emotionally charged, I can’t see past the Black and Whites winning in front of their fans. Catalans have just backed off a bit and I don't see them winning an attritional battle. Prediction: Hull FC Leigh v Wigan Don't underestimate the impact of Leigh’s supporters. But Wigan love a hostile environment and especially as they seek a reaction to last week’s disappointing performance. Prediction: Wigan St Helens v Salford The Red Devils have been improving and I don't think Saints are playing quite as well. But I just don't see Salford having enough to beat Saints. Prediction: St Helens Warrinton v Huddersfield Bold call time. I'm backing Huddersfield. They've impressed a lot recently and have given Saints two really good games. Warrington have been on a great run of form too, but I think this is the day Ian Watson’s era at the Giants picks up pace. Prediction: Huddersfield Richard Stead - BBC Radio Humberside Castleford v Hull KR You’d like to think this could be a really entertaining match up. Rovers let the scoreboard run away from them in the end at Warrington but have had the benefit (or possibly hindrance) of over two weeks without a game. Castleford are the more consistent of the two. I’ll tip an upset. Prediction: Hull KR Hull v Catalans If Hull can consistently play to the level they showed against Wigan last week they have a big chance of a very successful season. The Catalans are a very good side too and should provide a really tough test. Prediction: Hull FC St Helens v Salford St Helens have a clear opportunity to add a sixth win to their Super League tally here. Salford don’t roll over but they’ll do well to go toe to toe with the champions. Prediction: St Helens Leigh v Wigan Winless Leigh versus wounded Wigan. I think we’ll get a reaction from the Warriors. Prediction: Wigan Warriors Warrington v Huddersfield I wonder if putting some points on Catalans and Hull KR was the confidence boost Wire needed. They then backed it up with a harder fought win over the Dragons in the cup. I’d like to see the Giants play better for longer before backing them to beat top teams again. Prediction: Warrington Wolves Daryl Clark had a big game in Perpignan (Image: © SWpix.com (t/a Photography Hub Ltd)) William Jackson - Hull Live Hull v Catalans The Black and Whites underlined exactly what they’re all about last weekend, bouncing back from defeat to bully Wigan in the cup.
. Prediction: Hull Saints v Salford St Helens don’t appear to be playing at their scintillating best at the moment, but they’ll have too much for Salford. Prediction: Saints Leigh v Wigan This is a big one for Leigh. A top flight derby in front of their own fans and they’ll be desperate to build on their opening day display against the Warriors after taking them to the wire. However, I believe Wigan will have too much quality and I’m backing Adrian Lam’s side to rain on Leigh’s parade. Prediction: Wigan Castleford v Hull KR Rovers will be rested after not playing in the cup quarter-finals last week but they have their work cut out if they’re to pick up the win at Wheldon Road. I’ve been impressed with Castleford so far and I can only see one result here. Prediction: Castleford Warrington v Huddersfield Huddersfield are building and growing in confidence, they got their first win a couple of weeks ago and they gave Saints a fright last time out. However, Warrington are gathering pace week on week, too and I think this will be another home win. Prediction: Warrington James Smailes - sports editor Castleford v Hull KR The Tigers are a different proposition this season and with their vocal fans back at the Jungle, you'd expect home advantage to lift them further. This looks like a tough ask for a Rovers team who fell apart in the closing stages last time out against Warrington. Prediction: Castleford Leigh v Wigan The Centurions may have been beaten again last time out against St Helens but there were encouraging signs. Still, Wigan will be hurting after their Challenge Cup exit and a response here will give Leigh a tough night. Prediction: Wigan St Helens v Salford The champions have plenty of improvement in them and yet still sit top of the table, which is a worrying sign for many teams, including Salford who I think could be on the end of a big win here for the hosts. Prediction: St Helens Warrington v Huddersfield Ian Watson has had a difficult start to life at the Giants but it's starting to come together. The key here will be can they stay resolute through the middle and hurt the Wolves enough out wide. I'm not sure they can just yet. Prediction: Warrington Hull FC v Catalans A difficult one to call. With two weeks to prepare and in good form, the Dragons will fancy their chances at the KCOM, but how big a factor will be the retuning fans? That should be enough to give FC the edge in a tight contest. Prediction: Hull FC
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James O'Brien - Hull Live Castleford v Hull KR Such a tough game to call. Castleford have home backing but an expectant crowd brings a pressure that hasn’t been there for over a year. I’m expecting a strong performance from Rovers but the Tigers play the small pitch at the Jungle so well. Prediction: Castleford Hull v Catalans Hull are in high spirits after knocking Wigan out of the Challenge Cup whereas Catalans are smarting from a second defeat to Warrington in three games. The Dragons have the quality to push FC all the way but the hosts should have enough on home soil. Prediction: Hull St Helens v Salford Saints have won every game so far without getting out of second gear it seems, although they have yet to face a title rival. They have another very winnable game this week and should win with something to spare despite Salford’s recent improvement. Prediction: St Helens Leigh v Wigan Leigh are desperate for a win to get off the mark in 2021 but they face another tough task tonight. Wigan will be fired up after their cup exit and I expect them to win quite comfortably. Prediction: Wigan Warrington v Huddersfield The Giants are starting to hit their straps under Ian Watson but Warrington have been very impressive in recent weeks. It wouldn’t surprise me if Huddersfield nicked it but it is hard to look past the Wolves with home advantage. Prediction: Warrington Ross Heppenstall - Rugby League Live Castleford Tigers v Hull Kingston Rovers Castleford will be buoyed by their dramatic win over Salford in the Challenge Cup, but Rovers could be fresher after having last weekend off. The Tigers should have just enough to see off a typically spirited display from Tony Smith’s side. Prediction: Castleford Hull FC v Catalans Dragons Brett Hodgson’s side are flying right now and, boosted by two days spent with England rugby union boss Eddie Jones, they will fancy their chances of turning over Catalans. The Dragons, having been dumped out of the Challenge Cup by Warrington, could edge this one but I just think Hull will get over the line. Prediction: Hull FC Leigh Centurions v Wigan Warriors Leigh were tipped as relegation certainties before the season began and five straight Super League defeats have done nothing to alter that view. Wigan, so insipid in losing to Hull FC in the Challenge Cup last weekend, need to produce a big response and nothing less will do. Prediction: Wigan St Helens v Salford Red Devils St Helens have won five from five in Super League and are in the Challenge Cup semi-finals and yet it feels they have barely got past second gear this year. Tommy Makinson is sidelined for the next month but Kristian Woolf’s men will be too powerful for a Salford side who showed their mettle against Castleford last weekend. Prediction: St Helens Warrington Wolves v Huddersfield Giants This is potentially the game of the round and is tough to call, with Warrington in decent form and Huddersfield showing signs they can be a force under Ian Watson. The Giants, as they showed last week against St Helens in the Challenge Cup, are heading in the right direction but Warrington should prove just too strong. Prediction: Warrington Latest standings Will Jackson: 29 Ross Heppenstall: 28 Richard Stead: 28 Aaron Bower: 27 James Smailes: 27 Gareth Walker: 27 James O’Brien: 26 Matt Shaw: 24