With Marcus Bai returning home to attend to a seriously ill family member, Lee Smith will grasp his full debut with both hands as he gets a start on the wing. Walker misses out with a sternum injury, not sustained I should add playing 'Booby-Trap' on wednesday night, and McKenna therefore starts in the centres.
Murrell gets a place in the named eighteen, but is the most likely to miss out on final selection as Botham and Scruton continue to impress with limited game time. With Burrow and captain Kev at half backs, Senior, Calderwood, Mathers and Smith will be looking to 'fill their boots' against this unknown opposition.
The "Flying Donkeys" arrive at Headingley with victories over London Skolars and Keighley Cougars behind them and become only the third French club side
to play at headquarters. Pia are currently third in the Elite 1 league behind Toulouse and UTC and last won the French Championship for the only time in their history in 1995.
The Donkeys will be led by international scrum half Maxime GrÃ©sÃ¨que, once of Featherstone, and also have Australians Dean Bosnich and Brett O'Farrel in
their ranks. Papuan Tom O'Reilly who has had spells at Sheffield, Oldham, Bramley and Warrington should also feature tonight.
SM Pia's last 6 results;
Lost 18-44 to Union Treiziste Catalan|
Lost 16-28 to St Gaudens
Won 56-26 v Keighley Cougars
Won 50-18 v Carcassonne
Won 61-24 v Villeneuve
Lost 20-42 v Limoux
We shouldn't forget that these boys rattled in 56 points against Keighley and 58 against the London Skolars, so they certainly know their way to the try line if we give them the chance. Whilst we are all expecting a comfortable win, Pia at the top of their game against the Rhinos side that played so poorly against Wakefield would give the smallest chance of an upset. Having said that, I think that we'll be coasting by half-time, and it should be a easy run-out for the lads.
I understand that ticket sales have not being going so well, so the packed stadium of recent weeks is unlikely to be repeated for this un-glamorous cup tie. The usual hardcore will be there, but many casual supporters will be saving their pennies for an expected trip to the Millennium Stadium later in the year.
Just to add to Pia's misery, the rain is forcast to start falling around six o'clock and continue for the duration of the game. Not nice!
Hopefully we'll see as many of you down there as possible to get behind the lads and create a bit of atmosphere, you never know, we might see some records tumble!