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Rugby League: Millenium Magic Weekend


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Saturday 12 February 2011 Home Draw Away BPP
maximize.gif Huddersfield Giants v Warrington Wolves (13:00 GMT) 3 24 1.59 100.39 %
maximize.gif Catalans Dragons v Harlequins RL (15:00 GMT) 1.57 24 3.2 99.05 %
maximize.gif Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Wildcats (17:00 GMT) 1.45 24 3.85 99.11 %
maximize.gif St Helens v Wigan Warriors (19:00 GMT) 2.64 24 1.7 100.87 %
Sunday 13 February 2011 Home Draw Away BPP
maximize.gif Crusaders Rugby League v Salford City Reds (12:00 GMT) 2.52 24 1.71 102.33 %
maximize.gif Bradford Bulls v Leeds Rhinos (14:00 GMT) 3.47 23 1.5 99.83 %
maximize.gif Hull FC v Hull KR (16:00 GMT) 1.9 21 2.3 100.62 %
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Re: Rugby League: Millenium Magic Weekend Can't wait for the season to begin :nana. I'm going with 2 tomorrow. 3pts Warrington vs Huddersfield - Over 46.5pts 17/20 Sportingbet This is a great way to begin the new season. Both will have a reason for beating the other here. Warrington will want to get Huddersfield back for knocking them out of the playoffs last year while Huddersfield will want to get one over on Brett Hodgson who has left, for Warrington. I think we'll see plenty of points here. Both sides are capable of playing expansive rugby and while there's that best attack vs best defence feel about this match I think Warrington will score against Huddersfield but it's their nature to be open in defence. I think Huddersfield will score points too and with defences tiring late on I expect this line to be covered. Both sides have lots of attacking weapons and on a big pitch which will sap defensive energies a 30-24 type game is far from out of the question. It's the overs for me in the opener. 3pts Wigan (-4) to beat St Helens 10/11 William Hill Wigan vs Saints on the opening day of the season. Bring it on! I like the champions here. Saints have lost a couple of key personnel in Cunningham and Gidley and although they have Roby and Shenton coming in there will still be an element of bedding in to be done. Leon Pryce is also a big loss although having Kyle Eastmond back is a huge lift. Wigan will be without Brett Finch, Pat Richards and Stuart Fielden in this one but they have Tomkins and Roberts to fill the back roles and Jeff Lima and Ryan Hoffman will be coming in too. Harrison Hansen and Martin Gleeson are both fit and I expect Wigan to lay a marker down for the season ahead. I love their expansive style of rugby and the big field at the Milennium Stadium assists that nicely so I see Wigan winning this by more than 4pts.

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Re: Rugby League: Millenium Magic Weekend I've gone for the following 3 handicap selections, all at evens with VC: Huddersfield +6 Crusaders +4 Leeds -6 Picks based on an experimental forecasting system that makes the 1st match a coin toss, Crusaders favourites by 8 points and Leeds by 13. Very early days so just had a small treble. Also backed the following outsiders to small stakes: Huddersfield at 2/1 (365) Quins at 11/5 (Sportingbet) Crusaders at 6/4 (365) I've got the Quins game as another close call, other 2 as above. Finally, I'm on over 57.5 points in the Cas/Wakefield game and over 56.5 in Saints/Wigan, both at 11/4 with Blue Square. I've got those games in for 56 and 54 points respectively.

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Re: Rugby League: Millenium Magic Weekend That was pretty annoying yesterday. Half a point short in the opening game and Wigan collapsed late on in the last one :sad. One early one for today. 4pts Salford (-2) to beat Crusaders 4/5 Stan James I really like the look of Salford this season. I think they've bought well over the off season and I expect them to make the playoffs this year. Matty Smith and Luke Patten strengthen their backs and the likes of Palea'aesina, Vinnie Anderson and Stephen Wild strengthen their pack. Phil Bailey has also joined from Wigan but he isn't playing here. Crusaders have had their problems in the close season and begin the season 4pts behind the rest having gone into administration. They've signed ok but the losses of Hauraki and Youngquest could be key and a lot of their play will depend on Michael Witt. If he loses form I'm not at all hopeful of the Welsh side's chances in what has to be a transition season for them. The danger here for Salford is that they take a week or two to gel but with the players they have and the big field here I think they can get a win in this match and cover a 2pt head start in the process.

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