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Rhinos to Tame the Tigers
Posted by southstander on June 22 2012 - 14:26:49

Basil Time
There are ten regular round games left in Superleague XVII and six of them are against sides currently sitting below us. We start this run in, hopefully to a play-off berth, against our country cousins the Castleford Tigers.

Both sides come into this game on the back of a win. Castleford beat Salford by four points a fortnight ago in a high scoring game, and the Rhinos emerged victorious from that defensive car-crash that was monday nights game against Wakefield.

It looks like we might be in for another deluge of points.

We preview the game, read more here...

The Rhinos will be without GB skipper Jamie Peacock after he suffered a knee injury against the Wildcats but will be glad to welcome back Kallum Watkins who has recovered sufficiently from his latest injury to be selected in the nineteen man squad.

Danny McGuire will be hoping to maintain his usual try scoring record against a Castleford side against who he has crossed the whitewash twenty-two times in eighteen appearances.

The full ninteen carrying Big Macs hopes are; Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Hardaker, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Hauraki, Griffin, Moore, Ward, and Lunt. There is still no place for Lee Smith and I suspect that it will be Moore and Kirke to be left out.

It has been a fortnight of 'will he, won't he' in relation to Rangi Chase departing for Wigan at the end of the season. The conclusion is that there is no conclusion, but it's likely that the DW won't be his home next year.

Basil hasn't had the season that he'd hoped for but he does welcome back Snitch and Jackson into his nineteen ahead of Sundays game. Dixon and Griffin are the two that miss out. The full bumpkin ninteen is; Owen, Youngquest, Chase, orr, Emmitt, Huby, Ferres, Walker, Snitch, Jones, Milner, Mitchell, Jackson, Millington, Holmes, Massey, McGoldrick, Thompson and Williams. Three bumpkins to keep an eye on;




The Rhinos won the first meeting between the two sides this season at Wheldon Road by a comfortable 36-14 thanks to a Ryan Hall hat-trick.

The last loss was at Headingley in 2010 when we were defeated by 24-10. Leeds have won sixteen of the eighteen home fixtures during the Superleague era.

Last season we hammered the Tigers in the away game by 48-06 before dishing out a 56-00 crushing at Headingley in August. On that night we had eight different try scorers racking up nine tries, six of which Sir Kev goaled. Prediction
Rhinos 28 20 Tigers

I'm backing another Leeds win, I know, twice in a week! The bookies have given the visitors a fourteen point start on the coupon, which I think is a bit harsh, but I hope that they are right.

Even with some players playing their third match in eight days I think that we should have enough in the tank to overcome the one-man team from down the road.

There is a reasonable (40%) chance of rain but it looks like the temperature will be in the late teens. Expect to get wet on the way to, from, or in the ground.

There is currently very little between these two sides and we could be in for another thriller. I just hope that the Rhinos defence is a bit better than it was on monday, and if so we'll hopefully get another two points.

See you there.

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