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A Bucketfull Against the Broncos
Posted by southstander on March 20 2014 - 19:22:05

Halls Well
A home game against a woeful and inexperienced London Broncos side can only mean one thing, a cricket score for the Rhinos.

London have conceeded an average of over forty-five points a game while scoring just fifteen, and last week Wakefield put fifty points on them down in the big smoke.

Big Mac is so confident that he's resting Peacock and Delaney...but should we be underestimating the opposition?

We preview the game, read more here...

The Rhinos are unbeaten in against the Broncos in the last two seasons, but as recently as 2011 the London side did the double against us. The last time that they won at Headingley was when they were masquerading as the Harlequins and surprised a full strength Rhinos with a Luke Gale inspire 26-36 result.

But that now seems like ancient history as Tony Rea's side stumble from one disaster to the next in a season which sees them as odds on favourites for relegation.

Brian McDermott has opted to rest Jamie Peacock and Brett Delaney, probably a wise move with a long and hard season stretching ahead of us. He has also brought in young prop Rob Mulhern who is likely to be one of the players to miss out, but you know how the coach likes to blood his youngsters.

Ian Kirke and Ryan Hall are also named in a nineteen which comprises; Hardaker, Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Aiton, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Ward, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Briscoe, Singleton, and Mulhern. Your guess is as good as mine as to which two players will miss out on the final seventeen.

McDermott's big dilemma is what he does with his embarrassment of riches in the back line as six into five doesn't go.

Two players who made their Rhinos debuts last season are on a month long loan to the Broncos and are likely to figure for the opposition tomorrow night (none of your Giants or Warriors loan player shenanegans here). Alex Foster and Tom Minns will both be looking to make an impression on the Rhinos coaching staff to bolster their chances of a Headingley return following their loan spell.

Rea names his side as; Bishay, Caton-Brown, Cook, Cunningham, Drinkwater, Farrar, Forster, Foster, Greenwood, Griffin, Krasniqi, Macani, McMeeken, Minns, Moore, O'Callaghan, Slyney, Solomona and Vea. A spinkling of familiar names but the majority being somewhat inexperienced in a makeshift side.

This will be the forty-second regular Superleague round meeting between the side with the Rhinos victorious on 31 occasions, London managing 9 wins and one game being drawn. In the last encounter at Headingley the Rhinos won 30-06 with Moon, Hardaker, McGuire and Watkins doing the damage. We also won the game in London by 30-18 with tries from Peacock, Jones-Bishop, McShane (2) and, the now Bronco, Foster.

Leeds and London have already met in 2014 for Ryan Bailey's Testimonial match when the Rhinos were comfortable 62-10 winners. Prediction
Rhinos 64 10 Broncos

The bookies have given the visitors a massive forty-four point start on the coupon but I think that we'll be able to better that and I'm hoping for a big boost to our points difference column.

The forecast for Friday night is for it to be a bit chilly, into the mid single figures by kick-off, but thankfully with only a small chance of the odd shower.

This won't be one for the purists or those who llike a close game, but if you like your scoreboard ticking over rapidly, then it should be for you.

Travel safe and enjoy the match.

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