Barrie vs Terry
Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor go head-to-head with their Super League predictions...
Last Updated: 26/04/13 11:01am
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 give their predictions for the rest of the action - and we'll keep track of who's called the most matches right!
Terry still has a six point lead over Barrie after correctly predicting that Hull KR would beat St Helens - lets see if he has anymore shock predictions for round 12.
St Helens v Catalan Dragons
8pm, Fri, Sky Sports 3 HD
Barrie says: Holy Moly, what a fool the Saints made of most of us last week. How did they lose to Hull KR? How did they only manage to score 14 points? And the Dragons? Who knows how to assess them? This is a fascinating match-up. I wouldn't like to be the Catalan coach when he picks his team - is there anyone in his squad who is playing with any kind of consistency? I can't see the Dragons not 'turning up' after last year and that dramatic win.
BARRIE PREDICTS: In front of a vocal Saints crowd I expect Nathan Brown and his side to be victorious by 14 points.
Terry says: Both teams had a poor second half and lost after they both went into the break with the game tied. Catalan only scored on 73 minutes against Hull and will be disappointed with the way they played. That is the second week in a row that they have offered very little in attack. Can they come up with a repeat of last year's game when they snatched it at the end? St Helens came unstuck against KR and it was the young lads in Mark Percival and Adam Swift that scored all the points. Both sides are still missing players - Jonny Lomax and James Roby for Saints and Scott Dureau for Catalan.
TERRY PREDICTS: I'm going with the red vee of Saints to extinguish the dragons breath, and I don't mean Barrie's! St Helens by 12.
Castleford V Widnes Vikings
4.45pm, Sat, Sky Sports 1 HD
Barrie says: Castleford Head Coach Ian Millward has made way for Danny Orr, who will take charge for the rest of the season. Unfortunately for the experienced Aussie during his 17 month reign the Tigers lost their last seven games since drawing 17-17 with Catalan on home soil. Sport is a cut throat business and results based. In the words of The Gym Class Heroes "God placed a permanent dark cloud above my head/ But he was nice enough to loan me a holy umbrella". Well Cas need an umbrella and somebody to hold it up. The Tigers could get their season back on track with a good performance and a victory would brighten up all the depressed supporters but....the Vikings don't want to be the anti-depressants to be taken and swallowed. Widnes have a few injury problems and have not been as productive away from home and they will be confident that they can beat a demoralised outfit without an experienced coach.
BARRIE PREDICTS: My view is Danny Orr will impose his strong character and try to find that missing quality for Castleford to win this game by 12 points.
Terry says: Could the sacking of Ian Millward spark a huge reaction from the Castleford players? I'm 100% convinced it will! How many times have we seen a team that is under performing get up for a win after the powers that be sack the coach? Castleford have won just one of their last 18 games, remarkably against reigning champions Leeds, and in all enjoyed just seven victories out of a possible 38. Denis Betts has lost Hep Cahill for a number of weeks which is a huge loss. He may also be missing Gareth Hock and Dave Allan which will be another setback. The positive is all his main strike players will be playing, his brains trust. Brown, Hanbury, Mellor and Clarke will all play.
TERRY PREDICTS: Yes some grunt may not make it, but you just open the gate and let some others play. Widnes by 10.
Leeds v London Broncos
Barrie says: Historically the Broncos do quite well at Headingley but I think this is where the good form in this fixture will be tested. The Rhinos will have gained a lot of self-respect and confidence from their defensive display against Warrington over Easter. The London boys will only have a couple of chances to threaten Leeds never mind cross the try line so chances will be at a premium.
BARRIE PREDICTS: Rhinos by 26 points.
Terry says: Leeds have proved why they are champions yet again. They totally outplayed Warrington and it was good to see Zak Hardaker back in the side. The man who scored two tries on the left wing is one of the best wingers in the game. I think the Rhinos have enough class and spirit at the moment to beat the best sides. London will be tough and if they can play for the full duration like they did in the first half last week they will give themselves a chance in this fixture. Kieran Dixon is one of the best up and coming wingers going around and he scored three tries in a ten minute spell in the first half against Bradford.
TERRY PREDICTS: I'm not sure the Broncos will be able to match the rampaging Rhinos, Leeds by 16.
Salford Reds V Hull FC
Barrie says: Hull seem to have found a good bit of spirit with two good wins over Trinity and the Dragons and that will have them looking forward to going over to Salford with high expectations of winning. The Reds on the other hand will be glad of a home game as they tend to play better on their own turf. Both teams have an excellent chance to get the two points from this game. It will be high scoring, though, because both the Reds and FC will be thinking that the other will collapse and wilt under the pressure.
BARRIE PREDICTS: With only one win in their last five matches Salford are lean on confidence and neither side are able to protect their try line to the coaches satisfaction. Hull FC by eight points.
Terry says: Salford conceded 58 last week against Widnes. They looked poor on the left and that is the side that Kevin Brown looked to expose. Me and fatty always talk about the left edge of Hull and say how dangerous it is. In Tom Briscoe, Kirk Yeaman and Ben Galea they have genuine attacking players. Salford will be hoping for a 1000 times better commitment in this game. When things haven't gone well for the opposition you want to put as much doubt in the opposition's head as you can, you want them to question themselves and each other. You also want to drain them of any self-belief they have.
TERRY PREDICTS: Salford will pose a threat but I think Hull can follow up last week's win over Catalan with another one v Salford - Hull by 20.
Bradford v Wigan
Barrie says: This is my game of the round. It should be a packed Odsal for this game. Both teams are playing open, attractive rugby with plenty of spectacular tries being scored. Wigan have the best attack in the league and their eight wins have been spectacular but they do have a habit of every now and then 'slipping up' when they shouldn't. Wigan will slip on the banana skin that is the Bulls because Bradford try to score from every inch of the pitch. The Bulls players are relishing playing under Francis Cumming's coaching style and if their attack is lightening quick it will be too much for a tight Wigan defence who won't be ready for Brett Kearney and the ridiculous skills of Jarrod Sammut.
BARRIE PREDICTS: There isn't much room for 'long ball' plays at Odsal so the forwards will dictate who wins - so by my reckoning the Bulls at home will have the advantage by three points.
Terry says: Both of these sides had a happy Easter. Bradford picked up five league points, whilst Wigan picked up six. Wigan have got all the key men playing well - they have scored 218 points in their last four games whilst conceding just 50. Jarrod Sammut is key for the Bulls and he is the Bulls equivalent of Sam Tomkins. Try and stop him. I'm sure Shaun Wane will not stop mentioning his name to the lads in training in the build-up to this encounter.
TERRY PREDICTS: Don't forget it's first (Wigan) v third (Bradford) so both sides are in great form and will be positive about earning two valuable league points but I think Wigan will win this one by 16.
Huddersfield v Hull KR
Barrie says: Though the Giants won at the Tigers last week, there was not much to Huddersfield's game plan and they will do well not to under estimate this Hull KR team. It's hard to get a judgement of how Hull KR will play. I don't think their own coach Craig Sandercock will know himself up until after the kick-off. I can make a better assessment of how Paul Andersons Giants will perform. He wasn't a happy man last week after the Tigers ran in a few tries in the final minutes of the game. There will be no chance of this happening this week as Brough will want to win the battle of the halves against Dobson.
BARRIE PREDICTS: Huddersfield by 14 points.
Terry says: I'm going to go for Huddersfield in this because of the home advantage. It's that tough this game as Hull KR on paper look a good bet. They have also had a kicking from the chairman in the public domain. They hopefully have turned the corner and this is a giant test for Michael Dobson and the rest of the lads. They have the quality to win this game but I like the look of Paul Anderson's men this year.
TERRY PREDICTS: Lots of the lads are starting to click and I expect them to rise to the challenge that Hull KR will give them come kick-off time. Huddersfield by 14.
Wakefield v Warrington
Barrie says: Trinity's only chance to win this is if they can take advantage of the Wolves mistakes as they play with more and more risk to pass at every opportunity. Trinity could have more than their fair share of the ball and they must get something from that but who said rugby league was a fair game? Some days you're a hunter and some days you're a scavenger. I don't think Wolves coach Tony Smith will worry too much about how many times their opponents get the ball, he will be bothered by how they defend those mistakes. The Wakefield pitch is a wide one and the Wildcats outside backs will have to be at attention for the full 80 minutes. I think it will be an old Trinity player Ryan Atkins who will make the difference and I wouldn't gamble against him going over for a couple of tries either, but I wouldn't gamble against Cockayne from Wakefield doing the same thing neither.
BARRIE PREDICTS: Wolves will look to improve on one win in four and I back them to get the points this week by 14 points.
Terry says: I'm sure Richard Agar will have studied the last seven games that Warrington have played in. In those last seven games they have only managed three wins. People will look at Lee Briers missing as the big factor in this game but I personally think that Adrian Morley is the bigger loss for Warrington. The direct route approach takes some stopping and he starts the roll and others then feed off him. Obviously Briers is a blow - you only have to look at the kicking game from Tony Smith's men last week to know that he is sorely missed. If Justin Poore was playing I'd be more confident of an upset. His tough play may well unsettle his opponents.
TERRY PREDICTS: Wakefield are very hard to beat as they have a great work ethic and an attitude that comes out in a positive manner when they take the pitch. Warrington by 14.