Hull KR take on Halifax in the last of the Middle 8 qualifiers from the opening round on Sunday. Rovers are the greatest threat to the Super League sides for a place in the top flight for next season as they topped the Championship during the regular rounds.
They face a Halifax side who did get the better of them during their last meeting, but the Robins knew they had top spot sewn up – it’s now a case of regaining their focus and mounting an assault for a place back in the top flight.
The home side’s 19-man squad has many familiar names to it. Mose Masoe is in line for his debut while Justin Carney returns to action following a couple of games on the sidelines.
There are probably fewer recognisable names in the Halifax squad for those that focus wholly on the top flight but there a couple of names that stand out – Simon Grix and Steve Tyrer to name a couple.
As for the odds, the home side are strong favourites at 1/5 while you can get 5/1 on a Halifax win. They have also been given a 16-point start on the handicap, best priced Evens, while Hull KR are 10/11 to cover it. In some other places they have been given a 14-point start a 10/11 with Rovers the same price to cover.
Prior to their two losses, Rovers were putting a bit of distance between the two sides, but with more at stake at this stage of the season and trying to find a return to form could mean this game is a little closer.
We’d probably take Halifax on the handicap at Evens, but a winning margin for Hull KR of 11-15 points at 13/2.