2018-08-13 by Phantom
M1. Australia v New Zealand
Australia will be motivated to beat New Zealand but they are obviously overwhelming underdogs. New Zealand are different class. They're the best team on the planet for a reason. It will be interesting to see what team is sent out for the All Blacks because so many fringe players had superb Super Rugby campaigns. Australia should match them in the first half before New Zealand gear up and run away with it.
M2. South Africa v Argentina
A few years back Argentina turned up in Durban and shocked the Springboks in a one-sided fixture. 2018 has shown South Africa on an upward curve and Argentina going in the opposite direction. Under new coaching staff, Argentina will hope to put their disappointing June international season behind them. They will have a better chance of beating the Boks next weekend in South America. For now, South Africa to win easily.
M3. Whitehaven v Doncaster
Both teams have played 20, won 13 and sit on 26 log points. Home ground advantage is always a plus but play wide.
M4. Bradford v Workington
Bradford are a good side. They have only lost twice this season. They are one place but 8 points ahead of Workington. Bradford should win but it might not be easy.
M5. York v Hunslet
York are in the same boat as Bradford. They are a good side and should take all the beating here. No matter how good Hunslet have shown to be against lesser opposition, they will have their work cut out to feature here.