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Wolves Dancing to Lowes Tune
Posted by southstander on August 01 2008 - 12:27:47

New Boss

After last weekend it is difficult, as a fan, to get back up for this saturdays visit to the Halliwell-Jones. So I can't imagine what it must be like to the players, battered, bruised and beaten.

Warrington have had a weekend off, are currently on a four game unbeaten run under new coach Lowes, and are taking on a Rhinos side decimated by injuries.

For the third week running I'm predicting a Rhinos loss.

We preview the game here...

Clinton Toopi and Ryan Hall are the latest additions to an injury list which now includes; Webb, JJB, Bailey and Ashley Gibson. There is some concern over the fitness of Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire, both of whom picked up injuries last weekend against Saints but from the nineteen named by McClennan the only real cover at half-back is Danny Allen, so assume that they are confident of being fit.

Danny Allen, Ben Jones-Bishop and Eric Anselme are added to last weekends seventeen and will all be looking to get a chance and play their way into the team. The full nineteen is; Donald, Senior, Smith, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Diskin, Peacock, Ellis, Sinfield, Lauitiiti, Scruton, Kirke, Ablett, Burgess, Allan, Worrall, Jones Bishop, and Anselme.

I'll bet that Wolves supporters must be pinching themselves since the departure of Paul Cullen. Jimmy Lowes, ex-South Stand 'darling' and 'devil' in equal measure, was given the job for twelve months during the week and sitting pretty in fourth spot, Lowes must be thinking that this is a bit of an easy game.

Lowes has the luxury of naming an unchanged nineteen from the side that beat Huddersfield by a point a fortnight ago. Lowes is without Vinnie Anderson and Stuart Reardon but still has a very strong squad to choose from. His nineteen is; Hicks, Gleeson, King, Penny, Briers, Monaghan, Morley, Clarke, Rauhihi, Anderson, Westwood, Parker, Grix, Riley, Bracek, Harrison, Cooper, Mitchell, and Blythe.

Three Wolves to watch;


Gleeson

Mozza

Penny

Two tries from Scott Donald helped the Rhinos to a 32-12 win over the Wolves at Headingley back in April, but the fortunes of both sides have changed around since then. It was the start of a nine game unbeaten run for the Rhinos, following a previous week loss to Wigan, the same again would see us lifting the Superleague Trophy at Old Trafford in October. Warrington haven't beaten the Rhinos for over two years with the big 44-16 win at the Halliwell-Jones. That was a day when the now departed Henry Fa'afili tore us apart. During the Superleague era the Rhinos have won twenty-one, drawn one and lost just seven times against the Primrose and Blues.

Southstander.com Prediction
Wolves 18 16 Rhinos

Warrington are looking for five on the bounce and all the factors seem to be stacked in their favour. Leeds seem to disklike playing on saturdays, losing more than they win, and the home side will have bags more confidence that the Rhinos. Leeds, on the other hand, need to get back on the bike after last weeks disappointment, and it will take a lot of doing for the lads to lift themselves. Any slip-up will almost certainly hand the Minor Premiership to the Saints and put us on the back-foot for the play-off, allowing the Dragons to get back within one if they win tonight at KR.

The bookies have called the game off scratch and at 18/1 the draw looks like it might be worth a gamble.

It looks like rain all day long tomorrow, with chances of a drenching at over 80%, but they have been wrong before.

Don't forget to get your predictions in here.

Have a safe journey.

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