Leeds have made changes to the line up from last week, Lee Smith and Francis Cummins are absent which leads to speculation ahead of the Challenge Cup game. Ian Gordon gets the number 1 shirt with Matt Gardner returning to the run on side in place of Franny. This leaves to spaces on the bench and these go to the 18th and 19th men from last week, Jordan Tansey and Michael Haley. Haley, a big no nonsense front rower has been pulling up trees in the Under 18's so far. Otherwise its as you were for the Rhinos.|
The Rhinos line up tonight is 1. Iain Gordon, 2. Danny Williams, 3. Gareth Morton, 4. Ashley Gibson, 5. Matt Gardner, 6. Scott Murrell, 7. John Gallagher, 8. Luke Burgess, 9. Jamie I'Anson, 10. Luke Stenchion, 11. Chris Buttery, 12. Jason Golden, 13. Carl Ablett, 14. Jordan Tansey, 15. Michael Haley, 16. Jason Hart, 17. Joe Walsh
The teams have already met once this season, the Rhinos gaining their only win of the grading phase with 66-4 victory at Headingley. After that Salford had a comfortable victory over Keighley, before defeats to St Helens and Leigh condemned them to the first division. In the regular season, the City Reds opened with victory over Widnes, Keighley and Dewsbury before coming unstuck at Castleford last Thursday night. Darren Bamford, who made his first team debut against the Rhinos earlier in the season, played in that game and Tim Hartley is also one to keep an eye on for the opposition.
Normally this is the bit where I encourage you to get to the game, not this week. Get to the Supporters Club for the Bar Olympics and regular updates will be relayed back to Headingley through the night. The match report will appear onsite sometime thursday.