Every day until Super League returns to our Sky Sports screens on Thursday night, Barrie McDermott, Phil Clarke and Terry O’Connor will cast their eyes over each club gearing up for the new campaign.
On Saturday, the boys took a look at Widnes and Catalans Dragons, who face off on Sunday. If you missed that, you can catch it right HERE.
Next up, our experts run the rule over Super League returnees Hull KR and last year’s surprise package Wakefield, who meet on Friday night…
Terry: They’ve got the toughest job, coming up from the Championship – but Rovers are a settled side, who’ll cause upsets during the season.
Guided by the experienced Tim Sheens, one of the best coaches in the competition, much of the focus will be on Leeds legend Danny McGuire. They’ll be tested – can they back it up week in, week out..?
Barrie: They return to the top flight much more equipped for Super League. Tim Sheens has forgotten more than the rest of us know about this great sport – and I can’t wait for the return of the Hull derby.
They are well balanced with the right amount of youth, experience and success-hungry players, including Danny McGuire who knows the way to the winning circle
Phil: A welcome return to Super League; I always enjoy the atmosphere at their games.
The strength of their squad makes me think that they will not make the Top Eight – but the experience and wisdom of their coach tells me that they will not be playing in the £1m game either.
Terry: The surprise package of last year, ending in 5th – a remarkable achievement for the competition’s lowest spenders.
They had a relatively fit squad for the majority of the season, which certainly helped results – and the acquisition of Pauli Pauli will help the likes of David Fifita. Can cause the rest problems again.
Barrie: Consistently underestimated under Chris Chester, this season they’ll stand up and be counted.
Trinity took some impressive scalps last year and have bought well and are on the front foot this season – they’ll make the Top Eight with expansive Rugby League. Pauli Pauli will bolster an already sizeable pack, and with the return of Tom Johnstone they can beat anyone on their day
Phil: Will I ever learn? Every year since they were promoted into Super League 20 years ago I tip them to finish bottom – and every year they prove me wrong.
I can’t wait to see Tom Johnstone back in action, one of my favourites before he was injured.