Last weeks embarrassing loss at the Halliwell-Jones cost us the services of Luke Burgess (injured) and Ben Cross (suspended for one game). Already without McGuire, Peacock, Delaney, and Leuluai we have now got no first-choice front rowers available and will look makeshift at best in the pack.
Under fire Brian McDermott could call on the services of Cumbrian forwards Brad Singleton and Jared Stewart, both of whom would be making their Rhinos debuts if they make the final seventeen. I suspect that neither of them will make it though as McDermott sticks with experience from his squad of; Webb, Smith, Senior, Hall, Burrow, Buderus, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Lauitiiti, Kirke, Watkins, Hauraki, Clarkson, Pitts, Jones-Bishop, McShane, Singleton, and Stewart.
Coachless Salford have just one win under their belt in 2011 and that was against a Wakefield Wildcats side made up of hand-me-downs from other Superleague clubs. With the scaffolding going up around their new stadium site opposite the Trafford Centre they desperately need to do well this year to have a better chance of securing a renewed franchise at the end of the season.
The Reds do appear to have recruited well and have a side which should ask questions of a number of other Superleague clubs and with the injury ravaged Rhinos currently under the weather the visitors may well be fancying their chances of doubling their Superleague wins against us to two!
Hopefully they can find someone to pick the team from a ninteen of; Patten, Broughton, Henry, Nero, Gibson, Ratchford, Holdsworth, Cashmere, Godwin, Boyle, Neal, Adamson, Wild, Smith, Sneyd, Parker, Paleaaesina, Spencer, and Jewitt.
Three Reds to watch;
For years I took great pride in saying that the Reds were a side who had never beaten us in the Superleague era until that fateful afternoon of the 13th April 2009 when the Reds came to Headingley and audaciously beat us 30-20. That one blemish means that it is played twenty-five, won twenty-four and hopefully another in the 'W' column tomorrow night.
Just to add to the intrigue and randomness the idiot Frenchman Alibert is in charge. Expect to spend time scratching your head frequently when you hear the whistle.
It is a reasonable forcast for friday, not the warmest but also not much chance of rain.
After what has happened to us over the last couple of weeks I hope that my confidence of a win is not misguided but I do fancy us to get back on the bike against the Reds and pick up a crucial two points. After all, those banjo playing country cousins of ours are going to take some catching.
See you there, enjoy the game, and hope that the invisible man makes some bad team choices.