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Barrie takes on Terry!

Our Super League experts give their verdict on the weekend's games

Barrie vs Terry Posted 28th February 2013 view comments

On the pitch Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor liked nothing better than tearing into the opposition.

They may have hung up their boots but that competitive streak still runs strong and we have found a way to channel their energies...

Each week they will preview the live Super League games and give their predictions for the rest of action - and we'll keep track of who's called the most matches right!

Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor go head-to-head

Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor go head-to-head

In Round four Terry certainly came out swinging and opened up a bit of a lead against Barrie. Barrie's not taking that lying down though and is determined to fight back this week!

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Don't forget that you can follow all the action from the second weekend of Super League XVIII on Sky Sports.

St Helens v Leeds
8pm, Fri, Sky Sports 1 HD

Terry says: I tipped St Helens for the title and the first 40 minutes last week showed just what a class side they are. They scored 26 and conceded no points. That would please Nathan Brown. The teams come under the pump this year but they finally clicked last week. Switching Jonny Lomax to fullback took a lot of pressure off the young half. He likes to take the line on and sometimes his game suffers because he has to try and organise. Last week he had the freedom and took the line on to score two tries, the third was created by Francis Meli's run but again his vision got him in the right place at the right time to score the try. I'm sure also the talented Jon Wilkin had a hand in a few of those big plays that you'll never see on TV but they set the position for the likes of Lomax to grab the headlines.

Is this a good time to play Leeds or have they talked as a group about last week's game? What am I saying of course they have! Nobody has to tell Rob Burrow about the dropped ball or Paul McShane and Kallum Watkins about the missed tackles on Jesse Bromwich. They make both of those plays they win by 12. They are a quality side with quality people playing for them. Leeds will be wanting to get the boots on ASAP this game couldn't come soon enough. When you lose a game you need to play to get that loss out of your system. As a player you count yourselves lucky to be involved in big games and this is a big game.

How much emotion did Leeds exert last week v Melbourne? They did the British game proud last week against a side that can spend more than twice as much on the salary cap as the English sides. This game could go either way, but I feel Leeds may struggle to play with the same intensity as last week. St Helens by eight.

TERRY PREDICTS: St Helens by eight points.

Barrie says: A good win last week for the Saints at Odsal. They had found scoring try's hard to come by this season, but they managed to get a few last week. Leeds, as they proved last week against the Storm, showed they can score in any game but the effort of that game may take its toll in this game. Will Lomax prove the difference between the two teams in his new role at the back?

BARRIE PREDICTS: I think it will be the game of the round Leeds by 12 points.

Widnes v Hull FC
5.45pm, Sat, Sky Sports 1 HD

Terry says: Widnes beat Hull convincingly on Sky last year. They have had a week and the big pre-season signing Kevin Brown is down to make his debut. This will give the players around him a big lift and I'm sure his brother-in-law Gareth Hock will benefit from having him on the field. Denis Betts has added some big guns to his 19-man squad and one thing he has this year that he didn't have last was players fighting it out for places. If you don't perform you won't be in, take the shirt and perform.

This will be a huge test and they do play well at home. The last time they played at home was against St Helens and they were unlucky not to get a win, but you have to ride your luck and the big difference that separate good sides from bad, is that good sides find ways to win. The Widnes fans along with Betts will be hoping his players can rise to the challenges and become a good side.

If Hull FC can play for 80 minutes then they are more than a match for any team. It was a 14-minute spell last week that they lost the game against Warrington. They conceded four tries in 14 minutes and that is obviously when they lost the game. Peter Gentle will be hoping to have Daniel Holdsworth back in his side, he was missing last week with concussion but I'm sure will be back for the Black and Whites of Hull. We all expect Hull to be competing in the top part of the table and I'm sure the expectations of the performance department are high for 2013. This is a tricky game but one which I'm sure they will be confident in gaining two points.

I fancy Widnes for this game and I'll take them with home advantage in front of the Sky cameras.

TERRY PREDICTS: Widnes by 10 points.

Barrie says: The Vikings will have been glad having last week off, and Hull could do with a week off to help with their injury problems.

Hull have a problem in the last quarter of their games with keeping focused as their energy levels drop and Denis Betts, the Widnes coach, will have his players prepared to up the tempo at the back end of the game.

BARRIE PREDICTS: I will take home advantage again for the Vikings to win by one point.

Salford v London

Terry says: The performance of the last round has to go to Salford. Where did that come from? They looked fantastic on Sky. It would be difficult and unfair to pick a player out. Phil Veivers was smiling like a Cheshire Cat. Let's give some credit as well to Sean Long I'm sure he's had a big influence on the lads. You can see how well they are playing at the minute. Even in defeat they played well in parts. The halfbacks are prepared to take a clout for the team when they straighten up the plays and stop the defence from sliding. This then gives the outside defenders a better chance of beating a man. Look at how he has helped Smith and Holdsworth both of whom are having big says at their clubs.

London had a real dig last week and I am willing them on to turn the corner. Tony Rea knows that he has some real quality and he knew that it was a big task when he took it on last year. He was given the job by a man who has put millions into a club because he believes in the game and what it stands for. One of those sides that will have a big day turn over a top side. This could be the game for them to get back in the winner's circle.

Salford will be confident and I'm sure will fancy themselves. They have failed recently in trying to sign Salford-born Adrian Morley and apparently made a move for one of the top players in the world Sam Tomkins. If he wants to make the headlines I'd try and sign Brian Carney and Jon Wells, two wingers that will grab some column inches and may attract the odd sponsor. One thing for sure though me and Baz can beat them both now, although if a pie is on the table Jon would beat us both hands down.

TERRY PREDICTS: Salford by eight points.

Barrie says:I'm looking at a big score for Salford and their second win of the season. The Reds have Marc Sneyd pushing them around the field and adding his own little touches of skill to Salford's enthusiasm. London have some talented players but they are plainly struggling with the intensity of the Super League this season. They scored 18 points against Wigan last week before being blown away and although they might score that many again this week, the Reds will score more.

BARRIE PREDICTS: Salford to win by 12 points.

Catalan v Wakefield

Terry says: Danny Kirmond will be missed and it will be interesting to see if Richard Agar will chose Frankie Mariano or Kyle Trout, Vince Mellars is another option. They have played heroically over the last 16 months and they seem to be growing in confidence again this year. Wakefield stayed with Huddersfield for the full 80 last week and had a try ruled out by the ref for a forward pass. They are giving themselves a chance in games and that comes down to the hard work and unity that seems to flow through the side from the top to the bottom. It also helps when you have a player with the qualities that Tim Smith has, he is loving his time at Wakefield and you can see that shining through in his performances.

Did Catalan win a point or lose a point last week when they played Castleford? I personally think they won a point and they were lucky to go back to the south of France with a draw. They are one of the top sides in the completion and I'm sure opposition teams thrive when they visit the south of France. They will be a better side than last week and will have a point to prove as they let the clubs standards drop last week. Will they have enough legal firepower to beat a team that works so hard for each other and will not lie down for any of the big boys.

I am going to go with Catalan because I'm sure they will be disappointed with what they dished out last week.

TERRY PREDICTS: Catalan by 10 points.

Barrie says: The Dragons will have viewed last week's draw against the Tigers as a point lost. Trinity could have won in the dying seconds of their game against the Giants, but for the referee spotting a pass that was forward, so this will be a tightly contested game as both teams try to win the two league points on offer.

If the Dragons can close down Trinity's two Smiths they will give themselves a chance, and Wakefield will have to up their game against a bigger set of forwards but try as they might, the Wildcats will lose to home advantage.

BARRIE PREDICTS: Catalans by 12 points.

Huddersfield v Broncos

Terry says: Paul Anderson described his teams display as sloppy last week against Wakefield. I have to agree with him about Huddersfield in the second half but the first half was decent from the form team this season. They are one of the most dangerous teams in the competition when they are under pressure. You think you have them penned down 10 meters from the try line, all of a sudden they come out with a breakout play split the defence and run 50 meters. They are now in attack mode and Jermaine McGillvary scored a hat trick off the back of three of these plays. Anthony Mullally made his debut since his signing from Widnes and he looked freakishly strong along with Larne Patrick. Both players came from the bench and helped the juggernaut continue on.

A good local derby for Bradford to make amends for last week's opening 40 against Saints. It's easy to rip into the boys telling them how and why they went wrong - certain players need that, others don't. The majority of good coaches I had in the past would point out our faults but always finish with the positives. The positives were that it was 10-10 in the second half. Francis Cummins is earning himself a giant reputation in the game and he is up against another British coach in Paul Anderson who is sitting pretty at the top of the table.

I think this is a lot to ask of Bradford, but who is willing to push themselves that bit more. Who has the biggest squads, what players need to perform or they are out, lots to think of.

TERRY PREDICTS: With the form they are in I'll go Huddersfield by 18

Barrie says: Paul Anderson knew he was fortunate not to have lost to the Wildcats last week and he will be asking for a better performance from his players. The Bulls know they have to put in an even better performance as they let themselves down against St Helens at home in their last game.

McGillvary of the Giants and Kearney from the Bulls are scoring plenty of tries, and both of them will have a desire to keeping scoring but, the Giants have Lunt, Brough, Robinson alongside a revived Fielding and Ferres who will see them win.

BARRIE PREDICTS: Huddersfield by six points.

Hull KR v Warrington

Terry says: Poor old Hull KR. They have conceded over 30 points in seven of the last eight games. The trouble with them is they are scoring plenty but conceding more points. They are a very good side with great players but are lacking in confidence. It's hard to get out of the hole when you're playing poorly, ask Baz he was like that for 10 years!

The more I watch Warrington the more I enjoy the game. They kill teams off in a 20-minute spell and then back themselves in defence. If they make a mistake they just get on with it and defend. They have two lads who are on fire at the minute. The first one is Richie Myler a player who has really matured and grown into a fabulous seven, not just a poacher but now a creator. When he touches the ball things happen. The second one is Chris Riley, he makes more busts than most players in Super League, he is like a jack in the box and let's face it, the lad knows how to score. He has scored 104 tries in 150 appearances - not a bad strike rate!

TERRY PREDICTS: Warrington to win by 18 points.

Barrie says: KR will be desperately trying to work out how they lost against Salford last week having been in control for most of the game - they didn't just lose, they collapsed.

Warrington on the other hand are a patient outfit who will play for the full 80 minutes. They have too many match winners in their team to worry about Dobson and Paterson, who are the play makers for Hull KR. As Terry says, Myler is getting better every game and will lead the Wolves to victory.

BARRIE PREDICTS:Warrington by 16 points.

Castleford vs Wigan

Terry says: Castleford's 17-17 draw against Catalans was a great result against a side who have high hopes for 2013. Cas have also showed good form at home especially with the result against Leeds. My only concern is how much the off-field troubles will affect the boys. First the CEO leaves the club followed two weeks later by Nick Fozzard and his wife, who both did the sales and marketing of the club. I would say watch this space, but rugby players play rugby and we saw the Bradford players come out fighting last year against all the odds.

A Wigan side that lacked a touch of discipline in the first 40 minutes, summed up when Sam Tomkins was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes for dissent. You only have a go if you are under pressure and that's what London did to them for a brief period. Castleford will look at Wigan's last game and fancy themselves to get the job done.

TERRY PREDICTS: Wigan to win by 12 points after a strong talking to by Shaun Wane.

Barrie says:Cas will have been disappointed in their last game against Catalan as they had their chances in the last minutes to win the game, and this week they are playing against a team who take ALL their chances to score.The Tigers have their talisman back for this game and allied with a great team spirit they will make the Warriors work at every play the ball.

Tompkins has had a talking to by his boss Shaun Wane, and he will be trying to make up for his ill-discipline at home against the Broncos last week. This is a hard game to forecast as the Tigers beast the Rhinos a couple of weeks ago and will take confidence from that. However Wigan will not be under prepared and will play with an intensity that Cas will find hard to keep up with.

BARRIE PREDICTS: I'm going with a Rangi Chase inspired Tigers to win by 10 points.

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