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Barrie v Terry

Our Super League experts preview the weekend's games

Barrie vs Terry Posted 17th May 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 televised Super League games and provide predictions for the rest of the action - and we'll keep track of who's called the most matches right!

Barrie has closed the gap to just one point - lets see how they get on in round 15.

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

Warrington v Hull
8pm, Fri, Sky Sports 3 HD

Barrie says: The reverse fixture was 10-24 in favour of Wolves. Hull seem to have found their mojo but the Wolves appear to have polished theirs. Hull beat the Wildcats easy enough last week in the cup while the Wolves soundly put 50 odd points past the old Salford. There is the incentive for the players to impress for World Cup selection as well as retaining their top-eight place to make this an exciting game. Who will win? A sensible man would choose the home team but when has sense ever meant that much in sport?

BARRIE PREDICTS: The two fresh boys of Hull - Ellis and Holdsworth - have transformed their team and they are now very serious contenders for the Super League crown and will prove it by beating the Wolves by six points. 30-36.

Terry says: Going into the second half of the season, both teams are in contention for play-off football. The Wolves are third and Hull are sixth on the table going into this Round 15 fixture. Hull travel to Warrington having lost only one of their last seven league and cup matches - the only loss ended 20-28 at home against leaders Wigan. The Wolves have won the last five league and cup games and are getting the likes of Briers and Morley back for the business end of the year. Brett Hodgson will miss this game but that frees up Stefan Rachford to play at full back with Briers and Myler in the halves.

TERRY PREDICTS: Hull are still missing some of the big boys in Liam Watts, Joe Westerman, Ben Galea and Danny Tickle. Difficult game for Hull to win. Warrington to do it by 14.

Leeds v St Helens
7.45pm, Mon, Sky Sports 1 HD

Barrie says: The reverse fixture was 20-12 in the Rhinos' favour. They will be hurting at the way they were beaten by the Giants in last week's cup game and Kevin Sinfield has called for a good response from his team-mates and that normally gets the desired effect. They will want to put in a better performance to make sure their Super League ambition of defending their title becomes more real after each week in the season's finale. The Saints are hanging on with their badly chipped nails to the coveted 8th spot and have a very hard task to stay there.

BARRIE PREDICTS: Injuries to key players from both teams might affect the reliability of form but I can't see how the Saints will be able to overcome the determined Rhinos away from home, but they will still remain in 8th after this round due to Hull KR losing. Rhinos by 24 points. 36-12.

Terry says: Every rugby league fan enjoys this fixture. Over the years we have seen some crackers. Normally Saints find ways to win in the league but then go onto lose in the big one at Old Trafford. Saints won this fixture in 2012 31-18. In fact they scored 77 points in the two games last season and only conceded 24. These are two different sides though. Leeds are getting better every game, but they have lost Peacock, Abblett and maybe Delaney for this tie. These injuries will boost St Helens as they have all played well for the Rhinos this year. Saints' recent form isn't great with six losses out of the last seven games including the cup. Hopefully James Roby will be back in the next few weeks and I'm sure that will give Nathan Brown and the club a big boost.

TERRY PREDICTS: The champions by 14.

Widnes v Huddersfield

Barrie says: The reverse score was 6-62 in the Giants' favour. They will be feeling more gianter this week won't they? They managed to make the Rhinos look a poor second last week in their cup game with a terrific show from big Eorl in the middle. They'll go into this game full of verve and spirit. The Vikings will only have the spirit of Hock in their dressing room after a four-match ban will be the talking point and of how they could have done with his inspirational runs and tackles but he isn't able to play... and not for the first time. No matter, the efforts of Jon Clarke, the Vikings will struggle against the impressive play of Huddersfield.

BARRIE PREDICTS: Brough will have a big say but it will be Cudjoe and Crabtree who are improving every week to impress the England coach Steve McNamara who will ensure that the Giants do the double and beat the Vikings by 18 points. 14-32

Terry says: Huddersfield were mightily impressive last week in the cup and the confidence will be high. Paul Anderson will be reminding his players of the defeat they suffered at the hands of the Vikings last season at the Stobart. My lasting memory of the game is Willie Isa's assault on the sticks when Widnes clinched the victory. Widnes are a better side but the suspension of Gareth Hock will leave a huge hole. Kevin Brown will be playing against his former club and a man who is looking for an England shirt come the end of the year.

TERRY PREDICTS: You could look at Huddersfield and say they are a better side than second in the season and no drop in form. Over recent years we have watched them self destruct but they are not showing any signs of that in 2013. Tough place to win but a point to prove after last year. Huddersfield by 10.

Salford v Bradford

Barrie says: The reverse fixture was 24-36 in the Bulls favour. The Bulls trick their fans, they have so much skill in all departments but cannot seem to be able to string wins together. It will be a big blow to them losing Kearney. He's involved in all their attacking movements and it will take a couple of games for his replacement to 'click' with Jarrod Sammut. Will it be young Curtis Norton, the impressive prospect? Nobody expected the Reds to win their Challenge Cup game last week against the Warriors so that loss will not be playing on their minds, but you can bet that the Bulls' loss to the Broncos will be.

BARRIE PREDICTS: The excitable Dr Koukash and the calm Brain Noble from the Reds make a formidable pair and their players will want to remain at a club that has very big ambitions. This will be the incentive for them to beat the Bulls by 10 points. 28-18.

Terry says: Salford are on the up. People need to be patient and let Mr Noble assemble a squad with his chairman's money that will challenge for silverware. The hard thing for the club is they will improve dramatically but this season might be to hard to mount a challenge. Currently they have the worst defence and attack in the competition. They also struggle to make enough metres to get them into a good field position. Nobby will want to turn over his former club, a club he represented with distinction both as a player and as a coach. Bradford will not have the experienced Brett Kearney for this game as he wasn't named in the 19-man squad on Wednesday, but I still believe they have enough talent and stability to win this game. They offload the ball more than any other team and they compete high.

TERRY PREDICTS: Lots of battles across the board but a Bulls win by 12.

London v Wigan

Barrie says: The reverse fixture was 18-48 in the Warriors' favour. There is only one winner in this game and that is the Warriors, but it will be a good game as the Broncos seem to be putting some good performances together.

BARRIE PREDICTS: The Wigan players will all have the same determination that their coach Shaun Wane has in spades, that of wanting to win everything. It will be their determination that will be alien to the Broncos as Tompkins, Charnley, and Richards will lead the way in points to win by 30 points.

Terry says: Wigan are full of confidence and you only have to look at the top performers throughout the league - Tomkins: top try scorer, Richards: most goals and Farrell: most metres. Josh Charnley is second on the try scoring charts with 14. He's one of the league's stand-out players. Liam Farrell has 11. You can see this will be tough for London to get the two points against a team that scores on average 38 points and only let in 12 - that's just two tries.

London need to defend strongly in this game but they need to attack as they won't get many opportunities.

TERRY PREDICTS: Wigan by 20.

Catalan v Castleford

Barrie says: The reverse fixture was 17-17 in rugby league's favour. The drawn game was a terrific physical encounter with skill being the reason for all the points, it's not going to be the same this week though. The Tigers will be full of enthusiasm with their new coach Daryl Powell in the coach's hot spot but it will take more than a couple of weeks before the players believe in themselves as a team. Powell will bring a lot to the whole club so expect the wind of change from top to bottom.

BARRIE PREDICTS: The Dragons have no doubts at all who will win, and neither do I. Castleford will always score but they will not have the strength just yet to withhold Leon Pryce, Thomas Bosc and Morgan Escare. The Dragons will beat the Tigers by 20 points, but they will let in a few as well. 42 - 20.

Terry says: Castleford could have won their last three games but for a wild pass by Rangi Chase to McGoldrick when they played Salford. Saying that, Chase was the best player on the park in the last three games. Daryll Powell will be in control for this game and I believe all his players will be out to impress. Let's not forget the last time these two sides met back in February - it ended up 17-17. Castleford trailed on three occasions but battled back and led 16-12 with 15 minutes left on the clock. Catalan struck back and led by one point until Gareth O'Brien stepped up and slotted the one point over.

Catalan enjoyed a huge win last week against York and will be going all out for another good performance in front of the Catalan faithful. Catalan don't miss many tackles and are tough to break down, although they have lost four from the last five league games, so on form Castleford are the best.

TERRY SAYS: I'm going for a shock Tigers win by 6.

Hull KR v Wakefield

Barrie says: The reverse fixture was 20-36 in Trinity's favour. Both of theses teams are out of the cup and have only the league to concentrate on. And they will have to concentrate because they are just outside the top eight. A win for either team isn't just getting the two points for a win, it's denying the other team two points as well - two valuable points that cannot be used against them. Hull KR have a terrible points against compared to the Wildcats and this is what I think will make the difference.

BARRIE PREDICTS: Both teams can switch off but when the Robins do they concede far more points than Wakefield do. It's a Trinity win by 14 points 10 -24

Terry says: Hull KR need this win. Corey Paterson is banned for four games and that will surely hurt the Robins. They are leaking on average 32 points per game, in fact, they have conceded 126 points in the last three league games. Everyone involved in the club know that's not good enough. They played very well for the first 40 minutes against Wigan and only trailed by eight points at half-time. They collapsed in the second half and conceded 34 points - it was groundhog day for the KR faithful. I do expect this to be a tough game and I'm going to give the Robins one last chance this season. Wakefield will turn up in a determined mood as always and play physical.

TERRY PREDICTS: No, I've changed my mind. I'm going Wakefield by 8!

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