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December 14, 2020
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Rugby League Columnist Expert Barrie v Terry

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 give their predictions for the Super League games; they will score one point for a win and if they both pick the winner, then the pundit with the closest score gets an extra point.

Terry has pipped Barrie to the post with his predictions for the regular season of Super League but the overall crown is still up for grabs as the Super 8s and Qualifiers continue.

Let battle commence!

Results after 23 round of regular Super League season

BARRIE - 112

TERRY - 115

Super 8s and Qualifiers

BARRIE - 31

TERRY - 28

Castleford v St Helens: 7.30pm, Thursday, Sky Sports 1 HD

Barrie says: One of the games of the seasons for me was between these two teams when Ben Roberts secured a last second win for the Tigers. It was a thrilling game and if we get a game as good as that, then I would be delighted. Cas would have been really disappointed with their performance against Huddersfield last weekend, Cas could not get a foothold in that game. There has been some off the field dramas that has effected the selection and the rhythm of the team. Michael Shenton is a key player for Cas and provides them the experience on the pitch. St Helens got the best result of the year for me with their win at Leeds - they really took the Rhinos to task.

Prediction: I am going for Saints to win by eight points.

Terry says: Castleford really need this win after two away losses. They have three more games and I think while they will struggle to make the semis, they will want to finish on a high. The problems off the field has really seemed to galvanise them and I think they will be looking forward to this game. They are up a Saints side who are cock-a-hoop after their tremendous win against Leeds. Having Jon Wilkin back really eased the pressure.

Prediction: Saints to win, it will be a tough game for them but I am backing them to win by ten points.

Wigan v Hull FC: 7.30pm, Friday, Sky Sports 2 HD

Barrie says: Wigan came away with a lot of credit for their experiment down in London. There were 8, 000 plus at Millwall to see them take on Catalans. Hull have an inexperienced side and won't fancy their chances with Wigan having so much to play for. The Warriors are just two points off Leeds and if they want to maintain their challenge for the League Leaders Shield then they need to win this game.

Prediction: Wigan to get a home win by 12 points.

Terry says: Hull are missing so many players and I don't know if they have the depth to go to Wigan and win. They have 12 players missing and have named an 18 man squad instead of a 19 man squad. There will be a few players who we don't know but it is a chance for some of these players to make a mark. Even if Hull get beaten, they will still learn a lot. Wigan are ruthless in everything they do and will really test this very young Hull side. Wigan are eyeing up top spot and will be going all out to keep the pressure on Leeds.

Prediction: I expect Wigan to win by 22 points.

Catalans v Leeds: 5pm, Saturday, Sky Sports 5 HD

Barrie says: This is always a tough fixture for Leeds and this one will be no exception. Catalans were woeful against Wigan last weekend - if fact they have been woeful on a few occasions away from home. The only constant is their form at home and with a few good signings, things look really rosy for 2016. But they still have a couple of games left in this campaign and will be going all out to deny Leeds. The Rhinos have to win this game; had they beaten Saints last weekend I would have predicted that this fixture would have gone the way of the home side. However that loss has fired them up.

Prediction: I think Leeds will win this game and go one step closer to the League Leaders shield.

Terry says: Leeds will be hurting after that loss to Saints and can feel Wigan breathing down their necks. The pressure is really on them but Leeds can handle the pressure as they have shown time and time again. Catalans are not the best defensive team but when they are switched on they can certainly score - especially at home. I am looking forward to watching Krisnan Inu in action again, he is just phenomenal.

Prediction: I am going for Leeds to get this game by 10. If they win I think the Shield goes to them!

Halifax v Leigh: 3pm, Saturday, Sky Sports 5 HD

Barrie: Leigh by 14

Terry: Leigh by 10

Wakefield v Widnes

Barrie: Widnes by 16

Source: www.skysports.com
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