SS.com Messageboard Home Sunday, November 17, 2019
Latest Articles
rhinoms Superleague ...
rhinoms Superleague ...
rhinoms Superleague ...
rhinoms Superleague ...
rhinoms Superleague ...
Navigation
SS.com Messageboard
Home
Articles
Downloads
Contact Me
Web Links
Photo Gallery
Search
Game Info
2015 1st Team Game Info
2014 1st Team Game Info
2013 1st Team Game Info
2012 1st Team Game Info
2011 1st Team Game Info
2010 1st Team Game Info
2009 1st Team Game Info
2008 1st Team Game Info
2007 1st Team Game Info
2006 1st Team Game Info
2005 1st Team Game Info
Hall of Fame
Tony Smith ('03-'07)
Barrie McDermott ('96-'06)
Merchandise

Click Here
2013 Sponsors List
2012 Sponsors List
2011 Sponsors List
2010 Sponsors List
2009 Sponsors List
2008 Sponsors List
2007 Sponsors List
2006 Sponsors List
2005 Sponsors List
SLXI Starts Here!
Posted by southstander on February 10 2006 - 15:31:05

Our SLXI?

Come three o'clock on friday, it will be one hundred and nineteen days and nineteen hours since the Rhinos last went into a tackle in competitive anger.

Players batteries have been recharged, the coach has experimented with pre-season formations, and the fans have drawn their conclusions about our strength in depth.

This is it...this is the start of Superleague XI...are you ready?

The Rhinos start their campaign with what would normally be considered a sure-fire home banker against the Huddersfield Giants. The Giants are bolstered by the signature of a new saviour in Bradford reject Robbie Paul, and with the biggest front line in Superleague they will test our strength in the pack. This is no gimme for Leeds, and the bookies have been particularly cruel in giving us the biggest handicap of the weekend.

The Rhinos are more-or-less at full strength, with only Matt O'Neill being unavailable to coach Smith. Shirts one to thirteen are likely to start the game with Poching, JJB, Feather and Millard on the bench. Ablett and Gibson will almost certainly miss out, by Scruton and Feather could be interchangeable for the last spot on the bench.

The Giants are a difficlut side to fathom and you always wonder if this will be the season that they 'click' and push for a top six place. They've shed a load of mediocre players over the winter, and taken on a few with great potential. I've always liked Stephen Wild and Martin Aspinwall and their signature for the Giants is almost as surprising as their release by Wigan. Robbie Paul is the 'star' signing, but is joined by Albert Torrens (St. george), Andy Raleigh (Hull KR), Steve Snitch (Wildcats) and our very own Matt Gardner. With McDonald, Crabtree and Grayshon up front, they will be a formidible force against any opposition this season.

Pre-season teaches us very little, after all we lost to Hunslet and Oldham, however, the Giants registered losses against Bradford and Wigan whilst just scraping past Castleford.

Three Giants (literally) to watch;


Big Wayne

Long Jim

Giant Eorl

The Giants have never beaten the Rhinos as Headingley during the Superleague era, and last seasons 44-14 win was one of two victories in the year.

Southstander.com Prediction
Rhinos 38 22 Giants

The Rhinos play their one traditional home sunday sfternoon game in what promises to be a capacity (reduced) crowd of just over 16,000. There were just 500 South Stand tickets left today and these will surely be snapped up before kick-off. The Rhinos administration will be keeping their fingers crossed that the new card entry system works, because the bad press they will get if it fails will be stinging!

There are showers forcast for sunday morning but they are due to clear by lunchtime. It will be fairly cold though, especially for those without the shelter of the SouthStand roof.

It should be a great game, and I don't think it will be as one-sided as some of the media do. Enjoy the game, and don't forget the SouthStander.com presentation evening on monday night. There is just a few more hours to get your predictions in in the tipping competition.

Comments
No Comments have been Posted.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
Guest
Username

Password

Remember Me



Register
Lost Password?
Google Adverts
Member Poll
How will the Rhinos fare in the opening fixtures of the two part season?

Top of the pile

Top Four

Top Eight

Bottom Four

You must login to vote.
All The Latest News
YEP
Google Adverts

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that news stories are correct, we cannot be held responsible for errors. However, if you feel any material on this website is copyrighted or incorrect in any way please contact us at loiners@hotmail.com so we can remove it or negotiate copyright permission.

RLFANS.COM, the owners of this website, the RLSA (Rugby League Supporters Association) or the 100% League Network are not responsible for the content of its sub-sites, please email the author of this sub-site if you feel you find an article offensive or of a choice nature that you disagree with.

Email RLFANS.COM's owners admins@rlfans.com if further assistance is required.

(C)1999-2015 RLFANS.COM