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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Catalans can finish with a flourish in the south of France

Featherstone look set for another heavy defeat

Former England head coach Steve McNamara is now in charge of Catalans
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Hull KR v Widnes
Sky Sports Action, 3.15pm
Catalans Dragons v Featherstone
Sky Sports Action, 5.10pm

A year ago, Hull KR were relegated from the Betfred Super League in the most agonising circumstances but the Rovers' return to the top flight could be to hand.

A win over Widnes at Craven Park coupled with a loss for Leigh or Catalans will mean KR's exile from the big time will be over.

Tim Sheens's side have shone in the Qualifiers with four wins out of four. However, their only Super League victims have been Leigh and the clash with the Vikings could prove to be their toughest test so far.

The hosts are 10-11 to defeat Denis Betts's boys who were narrowly beaten by Warrington in their opening match of this mini-league but followed that loss with three straight wins.

Last weekend's 24-8 success at Leigh was a decent effort and although the visitors are without Rhys Hanbury and Danny Craven, they are boosted by the return of Aaron Heremaia and Chris Dean.

On what promises to be a tense and tight afternoon, the best strategy could be to side with the team handed a start on the handicap, and it is Widnes who are handed a two-point buffer.

Leigh are worth backing with a 14-point start for their assignment at Warrington.

The Wolves have won all four of their matches in the Qualifiers but have switched off at various times in all of those victories.

Tony Smith's team led by 20 points with eight minutes left at London last time out but conceded three late tries and eventually won by just two.

The Centurions, who are desperate for a victory, can at least stay within touching distance of the 1-4 favourites.

Catalans are an even shorter price to dispose of Featherstone in the south of France. Rovers have been hammered by Super League sides Widnes and Leigh and receive a 28-point start.

The out-of-sorts Dragons have won only one home game by more than that all year but it may be worth a small wager on them covering a second-half start of 14 points.

Fev have been outscored by 18 and 16 after the break against the Vikings and Centurions.

The Super 8s battle between also-rans Salford and Huddersfield at the AJ Bell Stadium looks one for punters to avoid.

The Giants are in better form and look the likelier winners but that is reflected in their 8-13 quote.

Widnes +2
2pts Evs bet365
Leigh +14
2pts 10-11 general
Catalans -14 on second-half handicap
1pt 11-10 Ladbrokes

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Fev have been outscored by 18 and 16 after the break against the Vikings and Centurions
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