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The Road to Old Trafford Starts Here
Posted by southstander on September 17 2009 - 15:26:37

Plotting
We aren't at the knock-out stage yet, but the lads get a chance to set out their play-off stall and earn themselves a weekend off from competitive rugby, with an opening home play-off tie against fourth placed Hull KR.

KR have exceeded many peoples early season expectations with a top four finish, and up until the last round of the season it looked like a nailed-on third spot. Whoever loses is right in the mire.

We preview the game here...

The bookies have given the visitors a ten point start on the coupon, but the 12.4 million supporters who will be making their way over to follow the best supported sports club in the world should neutralise that.

The Rhinos will welcome back 'bad boys' Senior and Jones-Buchanan who have both served their 'time' and Sinfield will be back wearing the captains arm band after being rested as a precaution last week. Danny McGuire is also back in the nineteen after compassionate leave last weekend for the narrow title clinching win over the City Reds. Blueys ninteen of; Webb, Donald, Smith, Senior, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Lauiti'iti, Sinfield, Diskin, Bailey, Kirke, Ablett, Burgess, Worrall, and Watkins will likely see the last two named players miss out on the seventeen. The Rhinos are as string as they can be without Danny Buderus who will play no further part this season.

Justin Morgan has Murrell, Briscoe and Webster all in contention for his side and they are all named in the nineteen despite some doubts over their 100% fitness. KR are without the inspirational Cockayne and Gene who are both recovering from injury and them being rested despite the importance of the game possibly means that the Humberside side are going to 'give it a go' but expect to need a win next week.

The nineteen is; Briscoe, Fox, Welham, Walker, Colbon, Cooke, Dobson, Vella, Fitzhenry, Wheeldon, Newton, Galea, I'Anson, Netherton, Fozzard, Webster, Fisher, Murrell, and Lovegrove. Three ex-Rhino Robins to watch;


Neths

Foxy

Fozzie

It is well over twenty years since KR have won at Headingley and six games since the KR last beat us, back in March 2007, lets hope that we can stretch it to seven.

The Rhinos have won both games this season by narrow margins with a 24-14 win at Headingley in July and a 19-10 victory at Craven Park back in February.

Southstander.com Prediction
Rhinos 28 10 KR

I think that we will be in for a cracker and I expect that at the hour mark there will be little between the sides. The Rhinos superior fitness and strength in depth, along with Senior and JJB both having a point to prove, will hopefully mean that we can put on a spurt at the end and get a comfortable win (on paper at least).

It is looking fine for tomorrow with very little chance of rain but with temperatures struggling into the middle teens. It could be feeling chilly by kick-off.

The bookies are giving KR a ten points start on the coupon and I think that we'll cover it. The bookies give KR little chance with the Rhinos at 1/4 on the straight result.

Enjoy the game.

See you there.

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