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Country Cousins Come a Callin'
Posted by southstander on August 14 2009 - 09:26:05

Banjo King
After a last gasp securing of our first win at the Jungle in five years during a tropical rainstorm earlier in the season, today sees the 'big day out' for our country cousins as Headingley hosts the Leeds v. Cas derby.

This is simply a game that neither side can afford lose, and we'll be looking for a repeat of the result from 364 days ago when we hammered the visitors by 54-12 to help with our points diffeence against the Saints.

We preview the game here...

The Tigers are currently in seventh spot, but a defeat at Headingley could see them drop as low as tenth and out of the play-off zone. Leeds need the two points to keep the pressure on the Saints and then hope for a good Hull KR performance to reduce the gap to points difference (Saints are currently 95 points better off).

With Buderus now declared as out for the season, and Paul McShane still injured, we will be relying on a single hooker for the game. Ryan Bailey and Ian Kirke are also both out and although Eastwood has now been cleared on appeal to get a work permit he won't be arriving until the start of next season. Leeds are therefore likely to be unchanged from the side that beat the Wolves a fortnight ago. Bluey has named; Webb, Donald, Smith, Senior, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Lauiti'iti, Sinfield, Diskin, Ablett, Burgess, Worrall, Watkins, Manning, and Ratu.

The Tigers have also had a week off but it might not have been long enough for Brent Sherwin who is still considered doubtful after a two month lay off and will face a fitness test ahead of the game. There are a couple of ex-Rhinos in the squad which came close to taking the points earlier in the season before Kevin Sinfield broke their hearts in the dying seconds.

Terry Matterson has named his nineteen as; Owen, Shenton, Evans, Wainwright, McGoldrick, Sherwin, Chase, Westerman, Ford, Feather, Widders, Jones, Ferres, Clayton, Sargent, Huby, Hudson, Higgins, and Netherton.

Three Tigers to watch;


Feather

McGoldrick

Westerman

Leeds have a great Headingley record against the Tigers with the visitors last victory coming way back in 2002. The last time the Tigers beat us in any game was in March 2008 with a home win at the Jungle. The last few visits to Headingley have ended in tears with a 54-12, 18-12, 42-06, and 66-14 wins to the Rhinos.

Southstander.com Prediction
Rhinos 18 12 Tigers

I don't think that this will be a walkover. Both sides have had two weeks rest from competition and both with have been working on tightening their defences. There is as much at stake for the Tigers to keep their play-off push going as there is for the Rhinos who are looking at one final push for the hubcap. It could be an absolute cracker of a game.

The bookies are giving the visitors a fourteen point start which I think is a bit disrespectful.

There is a likelihood of rain as we head up towards kick-off, but nothing like the biblical proportions that we suffered at the Jungle.

See you there and enjoy the game.

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