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Super 8s predictions with Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor
Last Updated: 24/09/15 12:08pm
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 give their predictions for the Super League games; they will score one point for a win and if they both pick the winner, then the pundit with the closest score gets an extra point.
Terry has pipped Barrie to the post with his predictions for the regular season of Super League but the overall crown is still up for grabs as the Super 8s and Qualifiers continue.
Let battle commence!
Results after 23 round of regular Super League season
BARRIE - 112
TERRY - 115
Super 8s and Qualifiers
BARRIE - 48
TERRY - 42
St Helens v Warrington: 7.30pm, Thursday, Sky Sports 2 HD
Terry says: St Helens are the team everyone is talking about at present, after three impressive wins on the trot. First, they had a big win at Leeds, followed by victory over Castleford and finally a heroic last-gasp win at home against Wigan. Any player will tell you that it's this time of year when you want to be hitting form and building on every game, with all eyes on the Grand Final and who will make it in just two weeks.
Around three weeks ago, everyone was saying it is a nailed-on Leeds v Wigan final. Well, you can't count the Saints out and neither can you count Huddersfield out. Warrington, on the other hand, have not had the best of years but big changes both on and off the field in preparation for 2016 will give the fans something to look forward to.
Before they get on the road to recovery, they've got to beat a team full of confidence. They will be full of it themselves though, after last week's hammering of the Catalans Dragons. It was 26-0 at half-time and finished off 48-6 at full-time - Warrington's second biggest win of the year.
A brilliant game as always will be witnessed at Langtree Park on Thursday and I think we will see one team with an eye on the GF and the other team viewing it as the last game of the season. A team with everything to play for is more dangerous than a team with just pride to play for.
Prediction: Roll on next year if you're a Warrington fan, but my money is on St Helens by 12.
Barrie says: The last three fixtures between these two teams have seen St Helens win, but only just; by six, four and eight, and with an 18-14 win over title rivals and noisy neighbours (take a bow Josh Jones!), they should be confident going into this match, even without Travis Burns.
Warrington's fans bade farewell to the likes of Monaghan, Asotasi and Myler as they put Catalans to the sword last Saturday 48-6; a bright light in a disappointing 2015. These games are electric and normally go down as classics. I have to give a special mention to two of the best front rowers in our game, Chris Hill and Alex Walmsley.
They have made immense contributions to their teams and hopefully they both make this match. Walmsley has not only won three personal awards for his club this week, but is also a Man of Steel nominee.
Prediction: I believe St Helens will get their fourth successive win and Warrington will assess and regroup ready for next season. Saints by 14.
Huddersfield v Leeds: 7.30pm, Friday, Sky Sports 2 HD
Terry says: Out of the last 12 Huddersfield games, they have scored over 30 points in eight of them. In the other four, although they didn't score 30 points or more, they still managed three wins. A lot of people say they can't score points in big games, I believe they can. Not only can they score points, they can defend.
After 29 games, they are the best defensive side and on Friday, they will be up against the best attacking side in Leeds.
With everything to play for in this game, can Huddersfield do the unthinkable and beat Leeds and give themselves a chance of lifting the league leaders shield? If Wigan lose against Castleford on Friday, it's Huddersfield's silver platter (it will come in useful at Christmas).
Leeds losing the last three league games will have hurt the lads in the dressing room but in all honesty, they didn't deserve to win those games.
Prediction: I'm sure everyone will pick Leeds in this to bounce back and clinch the shield and if I'm honest, I was going to tip them, but I'm going for the big upset here; Huddersfield to win because of both sides' recent form. Huddersfield by 10.
Barrie says: Huddersfield have players like McGillvary, Cudjoe and Brough in their team, and have the strike-power, speed and ability to cause anybody trouble. The Giants are a better side then they were in 2013, but England forward Brett Ferres and prop Eorl Crabtree return as Huddersfield target their second League Leaders' Shield in three years.
Leeds have the best attack in the league and score on average 32 points per game. However, they are vulnerable this week, having lost three on the bounce. They have Watkins, Hardaker and Sinfield to match the Giants' trump cards.
Everything is at stake here for Leeds and after last week's match, Brian McDermott said he would back his players - it's all or nothing for the treble. Rob Burrow is due to come back and Leeds haven't won while he's been out - a definitive 9 will help the balance of the team.
Prediction: Leeds to win by 6 and grab the League Leaders' Shield.
Wigan v Castleford: 7.55pm, Friday, Sky Sports Xtra
Terry: Wigan by 18
Barrie: Wigan by 16
Hull v Catalans
Terry: Catalan by 12
Barrie: Hull by 8
Bradford v Halifax: 3pm, Saturday, Sky Sports 1 HD
Terry: Bradford by 14
Barrie: Bradford by 12
Widnes v Leigh
Terry: Widnes by 9
Barrie: Widnes by 8
Hull KR v Salford: 3pm, Sunday, Sky Sports Xtra
Terry: Hull KR by 10
Barie: Hull KR by 10
Sheffield v Wakefield
Terry: Wakefield by 15
Barrie: Wakefield by 14