Fiddes' Cent

Sky Bet's Jordan Fiddes predicts a proven try scorer to prevail in this week's Super League action

By Jordan Fiddes - Twitter: @SkyJordanFiddes.   Last Updated: 16/08/13 2:34pm

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Kallum Watkins: Scored two tries in the win at Craven Park in April

Kallum Watkins: Scored two tries in the win at Craven Park in April

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The punters certainly were the winners at the start of Round 25 after Widnes' shock win over Warrington on Thursday night.

The Vikings started the day with a +30 handicap at 10/11, which was eaten up at Sky Bet and 10/1 on the outright proved popular too.

There is the potential for another shock on Friday night as Hull KR travel to Headingley to take on the current Super League champions, however the Robins will have to do this the hard way.

With 10 first team players on the sidelines through injury, Craig Sandercock has been forced to introduce a number of youngsters into his starting line-up.

The latest player to join the casualty list is Greg Eden - helped from the field in last week's Hull derby - and the absence of the Robins' top try scorer means a reshuffle in the backs.

Craig Hall will drop in, meaning there will be inexperience in the centres.

One man likely to take advantage of that for the Rhinos will be England centre Kallum Watkins.


He's scored 12 tries in just 20 appearances so far this season, made even more impressive with the fact he has been forced off in three of those games.

Of his 12 tries this term, two of them came in the 44-10 win for Leeds at Craven Park in Round 13.

Watkins is 8/1 to open the scoring and 8/13 to cross the whitewash within 80 minutes, however, I'm going more ambitious than that.

With the injury problems currently facing the Robins, I expect Watkins to replicate his feat of Round 13 and grab a brace in this fixture.

Not only did he grab two earlier in this campaign, he also claimed a hat-trick in this fixture last year.

Rovers have a poor record against opposition centres this year also, conceding a massive 30 tries to that position.

Rhinos centre Watkins is 7/4 to grab two or more tries at Headingley.

Brent Webb: Made a try-scoring return for the Dragons last week

Wembley on the mind

Last week, I backed Huddersfield to beat the then league leaders Wigan and this week, I'm backing the Warriors to lose a second on the bounce.

Wigan cross the channel to take on Catalan Dragons on Saturday and are favourites at 4/7.

However, a week before the Challenge Cup final, the visitors may have one eye on Wembley.

The Dragons are no Huddersfield of course - they have lost four of their last six - but they bounced back against Bradford at Odsal last weekend.

They are 11/8 to win the game and, with a few key men returning, I see them as good value on home turf.

Brent Webb made a try-scoring return at Bradford last week and he is joined in the 19-man squad by Scott Dureau, who has missed the last two.

Dureau has scored two, assisted four and kicked nine goals in just six games for the French side this year, so is a major boost for them.

While Catalans welcome men back, Shaun Wane is still unable to call on skipper Sean O'Loughlin for this clash.

Don't be surprised also if Sam Tomkins doesn't make the starting 13 after missing the last five for Wigan and a trip to Wembley just around the corner.

As a double, you can get a Watkins brace and Catalans win at just under 7/1.

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