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Super League - Rugby League: Cas can pile pressure on Rhinos

The packed Super League Easter programme comes to a close on Monday, with all 12 teams in action on a bumper Bank Holiday.

The top two are on the road, with both St Helens and Catalans Dragons facing tricky away games. while the Jungle is the venue for a big West Yorkshire derby.

The late game meanwhile, sees a clash between the sides sat in fifth and sixth as Hull FC entertain Warrington Wolves.

Rhinos have early-season concerns

Eight-time Grand Final winners Leeds Rhinos head into their derby clash at Castleford Tigers (15:00) with just one win from their opening eight games - leaving them second bottom of the table.

The Rhinos, who parted company with coach Richard Agar last month, threw away a 12-4 HT lead to eventually draw 20-20 with Huddersfield Giants at Headingley on Thursday.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan will lead the team on Monday, when they make the short to The Jungle to face a Cas team who go into this clash off the back of a thumping away win on Thursday.

Lee Radford’s men won 34-4 against another West Yorkshire rival, Wakefield Trinity, when they ran in five tries at Belle Vue.

The Tigers have already knocked the Rhinos out of the Challenge Cup this season, with a 40-16 success at Headingley when Greg Eden ran in two tries.

Castleford, who are 22/1 to win the Grand Final, have won three of the last four meetings with Leeds and are 4/9 to claim victory again on Monday, with a Leeds victory priced at 15/8.

In-form Giants can challenge leaders Saints

St Helens have shown they are again the team to beat this season, highlighted by their Good Friday win over rivals Wigan Warriors, but the quick turnaround will test the defending champions.

Friday's clash will have taken plenty out of Saints, who travel across the Pennines to face a Huddersfield team who have moved up to fourth in the table.

Ian Watson's side go into Monday's clash unbeaten in their last four matches, with a Challenge Cup win over Barrow followed up by Super League triumphs over Catalans and Hull FC and a comeback draw at Leeds.

The Giants have lost their last three meetings with Saints, but have pushed them close in the last two clashes - going down 18-10 and 23-18.

Huddersfield are 17/10 to claim the victory, while league leaders Saints are 1/2.

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Dragons out to close on Saints

Catalans going into Easter Monday's fixtures having won six of their opening eight Super League matches and sitting second in the table.

Last year's beaten finalists won the all-French affair with Toulouse on Thursday, having been down to 12-men from the 52 minute following the sending-off of second-row Joe Chan.

Steve McNamara now takes his team to Salford Red Devils knowing that a win, coupled with a slip up from Saints, would see them join their rivals at the summit.

The Red Devils go into this match following two back-to-back league defeats and facing an extremely tough run of fixtures during the remainder of April.

Following the clash with Catalans, Salford head to Wigan on April 24th, before an away game against the reigning champion Saints on April 29th.

The Dragons should be too strong for their hosts and are 5/6 to win with -4 on the handicap and are 1/2 to claim the victory.

Hull can bounce back from derby defeat

Friday's 16-4 loss to Hull KR at Craven Park made it three defeats on the spin in all competitions for Hull FC, ahead of Monday's clash with Warrington (17:30).

It is worth noting though that those three losses all came on the road and they return to the MKM Stadium to face the Wolves, who are now level on points with the Black and Whites.

Brett Hodgson's squad have only played three home games to date, winning two, and their only defeat came against the impressive Saints.

Warrington remain unpredictable and go into Monday's late game off the back of a 32-18 home success over Salford - with Toby King scoring a hat-trick of tries.

They have already lost in East Yorkshire this month, going down to a 34-18 defeat at Hull KR and Hull FC are 5/6 to make it a double.

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