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Rhinos Massive Underdogs
Posted by southstander on July 13 2012 - 11:23:11

Revenge Time
The human mind is a curious thing.

Every time I get a little bit of optimism about our chances for Saturdays Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final, the dark side of my mind kicks in and reminds me about that 50-8 drubbing that we suffered on the 1st June.

The lads must be the same but hopefully they will turn it into determination and a desire for revenge. Wigan, on the other hand, with their far nicer memories of the same game will hopefully be mentally feeling complacent.

It's the biggest game of the 2012 season so far. We preview the game, read more here...

I'm certain that there will have been no talk in the Rhinos camp this week of 'revenge'. It isn't a word which Big Mac likes, but it is something which the fans are owed.

The Rhinos were hard done by in last years Wembley Final against the Warriors, the beat us 20-6 at the DW at the start of the season, and then gave us that almighty rugbly lesson just six weeks ago.

The bookies have given the Rhinos a ten point start on the coupon and we are 11/4 to win with top of the league Wigan being 2/7. The bookies give us less chance than a snowball in hell.

After having another great game last week Richard Moore is once again left out by McDermott who gives Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Kylie Leuluai returns after being rested last week. Still no sign of Webb so Hardaker will continue his impressive run at full-back and the strength of the Rhinos game will rest with Sinfield, Burrow, McGuire and Lunt. Stevie Ward should also get the nod for the seventeen after impressing over the last few weeks.

The ninteen is; Ben Jones-Bishop, Kallum Watkins, Zak Hardaker, Ryan Hall, Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow, Kylie Leuluai, Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett, Kevin Sinfield, Brett Delaney, Ryan Bailey, Ian Kirke, Chris Clarkson, Weller Hauraki, Darrell Griffin, Stevie Ward, and Shaun Lunt. I expect it will be Hauraki and either Clarkson or Kirke who miss out.

Both sides have lost one game apiece since the Wigan humiliation. The Rhinos lost the following week against Warrington and the Warriors slipped up against the Bulls, two weeks ago, in a result which shocked the whole of Super League.

Wane recalls four influential Warriors to his side from 'injury' who will be fresh after their little rest. Charnley, McIlorum, Lima and Prescott will all pull on the Cherry & White jerseys come five-thirty on saturday afternoon. The Warriors are, of course, without Richards and the influential Leuluai, the latter picking up a season ending injury in the First Englad v. Exiles game.

Wane names a nineteen of; Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, Darrell Goulding, George Carmont, Brett Finch, Paul Prescott, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Harrison Hansen, Gareth Hock, Sean O'Loughlin (Captain), Jeff Lima, Liam Farrell, Chris Tuson, Epalahame Lauaki, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Jack Hughes, and Dom Crosby.

Three pie eaters to keep an eye on;

Rat Boy



The last time that the Rhinos beat the Warriors was that memorable play-off win at the DW in 2010 when we overcame all the odds to take a 27-26 victory, only to lose out a fortnight later in the play-off semi-final.

Since then we've lost five and drawn one, it's a record which we need to redress, and saturday afternoon would be the ideal time to do it and take the wind out of the Warriors sails. Prediction
Rhinos 12 22 Warriors

I am going with the bookies and tipping a ten point Rhinos win. The reason for this is two-fold. The first is that I honestly reckon we'll lose the game as the Warriors are, without a doubt, the competitions top side. The second is because I have a record of tipping against the Rhinos in major games which we then go on and win.

Hopefully this will be one of those occasions.

There is a fifty percent chance of rain throughout the afternoon tomorrow but a chance that it will clear up by kick-off.

This game could be a cracker between two sides currently in good form, but in reality I'd be happy so long asa we don't embarrass ourselves with a second capitulation of the season against the Warriors.

See you there, enjoy the game.

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