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Rugby League: Weigh in with Widnes getting 20.

WAKEFIELD, our 14-1 ante-post bet for Division One, can keep up the pressure at the top by beating Widnes today.

However the Chemics, with a 20 start, look the handicap bet in a division where most teams are capable of beating any other.

Wakefield are top of my Division One ratings on 64, 10 ahead of fallen giants Widnes, who were playing in the Challenge Cup final just five years ago.

So giving Trinity an extra six for home advantage suggests a home win by about 16. Widnes with a 20 start look the bet, especially as Wakefield have not been prolific scorers this term despite their success rate.

Hull KR are the only realistic challengers to Wakefield for the title and they face a tricky trip to Whitehaven.

The Cumbrians, who began the season as title favourites, are now recovering from an horrific injury list and this match could go either way, so 'Haven with an eight start must be the clear handicap pick.

Leigh are the division's whipping boys, and Keighley, conceding only 10, can add to their misery.

Rochdale, the other club at the bottom, are maddeningly inconsistent, with some good results sprinkled among plenty of bad ones. The percentage call here is Hunslet conceding just six.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Kelly, Francis
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 12, 1998
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