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Unchanged Rhinos Crusaders Challenge
Posted by southstander on June 16 2011 - 15:55:38

Fourth Time Lucky?
Rhinos v. Crusaders; game four.

Leeds take on the Crusaders for the fourth time this season and counting the pre-season friendly, we've currently got three wins from three at an aggregate of 96-36, an average of 32-12.

But will Iestyns boys have more of a game for us on friday night?

We preview the game, read more here...

Big Mac sticks with the same seventeen that defeated the Robins so comprehensively last week drafting Ali Lauiti'iti and Chris Clarkson into the nineteen. The good news seems to be that we came through a game without any new injuries, lets hope that sets a trend for the coming season.

Weller Hauraki has a chance of taking on his ex-team mates in a competitive match for the first time this season and based on his form in tha last couple of games he should get the nod.

The full ninteen is; Webb, Smith, Delaney, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Buderus, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Lauiti'iti, Bailey, Kirke, Hauraki, Clarkson, McShane, and Hardaker. Who will miss out is anyones guess, and mine would be Clarkson and Ali.

The home side, under the careful coaching of Iestyn Harris, have Gareth Thomas back in the squad with Paul Johnson and Peter Lupton both looking for inclusion in the side. Jordan Tansey will also play against his former side as he continues to cover at scrum-half.

The Crusaders ninteen is; Schifcofske, Thomas, Martin, Mellars, Reardon, Witt, Sammut, O'Hara, Withers, Bryant, Chan, Winternstein, James, Flower, Kear, White, Johnson, Lupton, and Tansey.

Three Crusaders to keep an eye on;




The Crusaders visited Headingley for a pre-season friendly back in January, a game which the Rhinos won easily by 32-0. We also won the home league game by 34-16 a fortnight before we knocked the Crusaders out of the Carnegie Challenge Cup by the closer margin of 30-20.

The Crusaders are currently anchored to the bottom of Superleague with just four points (after a four point deduction) and they are four points away from climbing out of the basement. They haven't won a game for over a month, and that was over fellow strugglers Wakefield Wildcats. Prediction
Crusaders 8 18 Rhinos

The bookies have given the home side a fourteen point start on the coupon and I think that they won't be too far off the mark. I've gone for a slightly narrower margin of ten points, but I hope that the lads can rattle in a cricket score to build on last weeks great result, before we take on the Bulls at Headingley next friday.

It will rain tomorrow, it is just a matter of how much and for what duration. It should suit our 'win in the rain' tradition.

Travel safe over to taffland (just) and enjoy the game.

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