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The Game We Can't Lose
Posted by southstander on July 31 2013 - 14:31:55

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If you are only as good as your last game, then the London Broncos are awful.

Still reeling from their 70-0 Challenge Cup semi-final surrender at the hands of Wigan Warriors, the Broncos welcome the Rhinos to the capital for Round 23 of Superleague XVIII.

The game marks Rhinos skipper and livin legend Kevin Sinfield's five hundredth appearance for the Blue & Ambers, and his team mates will be doing everything to ensure that it is a party and not a wake.

We preview the game, read more here...

This weeks celebrations will be tempered by sadness at the passing of Rhinos coaching great Graham Murray, a moments silence will be observed before the game in memory of the great man.

The steady return of the Rhinos injured continues with Watkins and Bailey both named in the nineteen man squad for the long journey south. Kevin Sinfield pulls on a Leeds jersey for the five hundredth time, and Paul McShane replaces Jimmy Keinhorst in the line-up that was originally announced yesterday, with Keinhorst back to play for Hunslet this weekend.

We are now looking like a much more familiar starting thirteen and beginning to look in good shape as we head for the play-offs.

The full ninteen is; Hardaker, Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Moon, Hall, Burrow, Leuluai, Peacock, Ablett, Sinfield, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Moore, McShane, Sutcliffe, Foster, and Duckworth.

Tony Rea knows that his side are just about as low as you can get, languishing at the bottom of Superleague and still shell-schocked from Saturdays wallopping. He is standing by his men and giving them every chance of salvaging some pride against the Champions as he names a squad with just one change with on-loan Ryan Shaw replacing, Rhodri Lloyd who is out with a knee injury.

His squad is; Bryant, Colbon, Cook, Dorn, Fairbank, Fisher, Kaufusi, Lee, Krasniqi, Melling, McMeeken, O'Callaghan, Robertson, Rodney, Sarginson, Shaw, Soward, Woodburn-Hall, and Wheeldon.

The Rhinos have won twenty-nine lost nine and drawn one of the thirty-nine regular season Superleague meetings between the two sides.

Last season the Rhinos won the game in London by 58-12 thanks to four tries from Danny McGuire and nine goals from the boot of the skipper. Earlier in the season we'd won the home game at Headingley by 52-10, with Ryan Hall crossing the whitewash on four occasions that night.

Earlier this year we won the home game by 30-6. London last beat us in August 2011 when they won 32-22 at the Stoop after also picking up a victory at Headingley by 36-26 earlier in the season. Prediction
Broncos 12 36 Rhinos

It should be a comfortable Rhinos win, especially after last weekends performace by the Broncos when they were truly dreadful. Surely the home side can't play as badly two weeks on the trot, and they must show more backbone against the Rhinos.

The bookies have given the Broncos a thirty point start in the coupon, even I am not that cruel.

It is going to be mightily warm tomorrow with temperatures as high at 31 degrees and very little chance of any rain. It should be great conditions for fast and open rugby.

If you have been able to make arrangements to make the journey, then travel safe and enjoy the game, if not, enjoy the spectacle on TV.

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