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Rhinos Look to Maintain Saints Misery
Posted by southstander on May 18 2013 - 16:54:55

Monday night rugby league returns to Headingley with the visit of the Saints and both sides desperate for a win.

Saints are on the back of a five game losing streak (KR, Catalans, KR, London and Widnes) which stretches back six weeks, whereas the Rhinos suffered a shock defeat in the cup last week at the Giants after stringing together an eight game unbeaten run.

But Leeds will be without several superstars who picked up injurys at the John Smith's last weekend, it's not a foregone conclusion.

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News emerged during the week that we've lost both Carl Ablett and Jamie Peacock to medium term (8 week) injuries. Ablett sufferend a hand injury during the Giants match but perhaps more worrying was the news that Jamie Peacock picked up a knee injury. Any injury that the 'old timer' gets at this point in his career must be a real worry to both theplayer and the club, lets hope that it is a simple fix.

There is also a chance that we'll be without Brett Delaney who got a shoulder injury in the same game although he'll have a fitness test before the match. With Stevie Ward out long-term injured and Ben Jones-Bishop still a couple of weeks from a return we are starting to look a little threadbare. This is a great opportunities for some of the youngsters to make their mark in the squad and make a name for themselves.

Joe Vickery is back in contention and Richard Moore is likely to get a recall to the seventeen.

The Rhinos nineteen is named as; Hardaker, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, McShane, Jones-Buchanan, Sinfield, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Moore, Singleton, Vickery and Sutcliffe.

Nathan Brown must be worried that his P45 is going to land on the doorstep every morning. Saints have been in free-fall since he took over and are currently in an uncharacteristic eighth place with a chance of starting the game on Monday night languising in tenth if results don't go their way.

Brown has been forced to play his stars out of position due to injuries to key players and is still without the services of key players Roby and Lomax who will both sit out Mondays game.

He names his nineteen as; Wellens, Gardner, Turner, Soliola, Hohaia, Perry, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Puletua, Wilkin, Manu, Laffranchi, Jones, Makinson, Ashe, Greenwood, Walmsley, Percival, Thompson and Howarth.

Saints have been the Rhinos regular season nemesis over recent years but the Rhinos have had the upper hand in Grand Finals.

The Rhinos won the encounter at Langtree Park by 20-12 at the beginning of March thanks to two Ryan Hall tries in a game where our dominance wasn't reflected in the final scoreline.

The overall win total between the two sides since the start of Superleague is bossed by the Saints by 18-23, and last year the red vee won by 31-18 in the corresponding match at Headingley after beating us 46-6 at Langtree Park. The last time that the Rhinos won at HQ against the Saints was in July 2010 when we won by 21-20 With tries from Clarkson, Hall and McGuire. Prediction
Rhinos 36 20 Saints

The bookies have given the Saints an eight point start on the coupon but I suspect that this would have been higher had Peacock and Ablett being playing and there had not been doubts over Delaney.


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