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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Catalans can rain on Hull KR's parade

Home side make changes after clinching promotion

Hul KR have already gained promotion
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Hull KR v Catalans
Sky Sports Arena, 8pm

There will be a party atmosphere at Craven Park as Hull KR celebrate their return to the Betfred Super League 12 months after suffering the agony of relegation.

Last Saturday's 12-6 success over Widnes made it five wins from five in the Qualifiers, guaranteeing them a return to the top flight and rendering Rovers' remaining fixtures meaningless.

Coach Tim Sheens has taken the opportunity to rest and rotate his squad, making ten changes from the team that defeated the Vikings.

Captain Shaun Lunt is among those left out along with other key men Adam Quinlan and Jamie Ellis and bookmakers have reacted by installing the visiting Catalans as favourites.

It will be a brave punter who backs the Dragons. Steve McNam­ara's men have won three of their five in this mini-league but those victories came against the bottom three sides in the table.

They made heavy weather of seeing off Featherstone last Saturday and although they ought to beat this KR side, the French outfit may not find it straight­forward to justify favouritism.

All three of their Super League wins this year came by a single-digit margin, so backing Catalans to triumph by two converted tries or less looks the way to go.

Like the Dragons, Leigh are desperate for a win as they bid to secure a spot in Super League for 2018 and they’re 1-16 to get one at home to Halifax.

The Centurions are tasked with overcoming a 22-point handicap but backing Neil Jukes's side to give up more than 11 in the second half looks a better bet.

Fax's part-timers have lost the second stanza by a dozen or more in their three meetings with Super League sides in the Qualifiers and Leigh can add to that statistic.

In the Super 8s, the layers reckon comfortable home wins are on the cards as Leeds host Salford and St Helens entertain Huddersfield.

The visiting teams have nothing to play for as neither can qualify for the semi-finals while Leeds are guaranteed to finish second whatever happens.

By contrast, Saints know their season will be over if they lose to the Giants and Justin Holbrook's under-pressure team may struggle to cover a hefty handicap.

The Giants' last trip to the Totally Wicked Stadium in April ended in a 14-14 draw.

Catalans to win by one to 12 points
2pts 7-4 bet365
Leigh -11 on second-half handicap
2pts 4-5 Sky Bet
Huddersfield +14
1pt 10-11 general

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Coach Tim Sheens has taken the opportunity to rest and rotate his squad, making ten changes from the team that defeated the Vikings
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