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Capital Idea: Ten On The Trot
Posted by southstander on June 13 2008 - 08:09:54

Capital Idea

Just one month after our successful Challenge Cup visit to the Twickenham Stoop, it is time for the Rhinos and their supporters to do it all over again as we look for our tenth consecutive win.

The 36-26 win on the 11th May belied the scare that the 'Quins gave us as they fought back to take the lead on the hour mark, after having trailed 18-4 at half-time.

Leeds are looking to maintain their momentum and the 'Quins are looking to climb back into the six, it could be an intriguing saturday tea-time.

We preview the game here...

Brian McClennan welcomes back Jamie Peacock who is now fit after being omitted last week due to a cut arm. Ryan Hall drops out of the nineteen, and to be honest he's done little wrong in the last few weeks and is likely to get another chance later in the season. The lack of Hall means that Lee Smith is likely to get a run out for the first time in six games after scoring a hatful of tries in reserve grade, including four last week against Hull FC.

Peacock will undoubtedly be back in the seventeen, probably in place of Ablett, Tansey or Anselme as Bluey shuffles his side once again in the hope of grabbing the two points.

Brian McDermott has a big injury crisis which will force him to use a number of youngsters in his side on saturday. He is without McLinden, Gafa, Wells, Heckenberg and Sheriffe who are all injured and has drafted in Lamont Bryan and Adam Janowski from the Reserves team. He will, however, welcome the return of Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook who is back in the squad after a three month lay-off since breaking his wrist in the 48-0 loss to Leeds at Headingley back in March. The Londoners nineteen is; Bryan, Clubb, Grayshon, Haggerty, Hill, Howell, Janowski, Mbu, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Melling, Orr, Paul, Purdham, Randall, Rinaldi, Sharp, Temata, Ward, and Worrincy.

Three 'Quins to watch;


Big
Joe

Terrier
Orr

Journeyman
Ward

This is the forty-first meeting between Leeds and London since the start of Superleague. Leeds have won on on thirty-three occasions and drawn twice leaving the 'Quins with just a 15% win rate. The last London win was almost three years ago when the Perpignan Conga cost us a 24-32 defeat in the 'On the Road' game.

We've never lost at the Stoop, and the last game we lost in London was over ten years ago when the Broncos beat us 40-16 during Superleague II. History is definitely on our side.

Southstander.com Prediction
'Quins 14 32 Rhinos

Leeds are on fire, and must still be on a high after snatching victory in last weeks Superleague encounter against Hull FC from the jaws of defeat. A win in the capital a month ago will also give confidence, as will the return of our leading SouthStander.com 'Player of the Season' Jamie Peacock.

Harlequins have lost five out of their last six outings, including last weeks drubbing by Warrington, and its almost unthinkable that the Rhinos won't be coming back up the M1 on saturday night without the two points.

The bookies haven't put the handicaps up yet but I'd expect that we'll be serious favourites, with the handicap being in the 14-16 range.

After sweltering in the London heat on the last trip it looks from the forecast that it will be at best overcast, and at worst pouring it down by kick-off. Lets hope that the bad stuff keeps away but that it is cool enough for the lads to do their stuff.

Drive safe. Don't forget that the Rhinos Reserve Grade are in action when they face the same opposition with a 2.30pm kick off in the curtain raiser.

Don't forget to put your predictions up in the SouthStander.com predictions competition.

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