Leeds have today been rocked by the news that Greg Eastwood, one of the Rhinos early season outstanding players, is going to be out for around ten weeks after being diagnosed with a fractured wrist. The good news for Rhinos fans is that the skipper is back in the nineteen and stands a reasonable chance of playing. Tom Bush has retained his place in the nineteen, so he must have got an extra week off from his Dad, and deservedly so after not letting anyone down against the Broncos. Brett Delaney is also named in the nineteen, as he was last week, and this week we'll all be hoping that he is playing.
It is a straight Sinfield for Eastwood from last weekends nineteen and Bluey has named his nineteen as; Webb, Delaney, Senior, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Buderus, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Lauiti'iti, Sinfield, Diskin, Bailey, Kirke, Burgess, Pitts, Watkins, and Bush. Any two of the last six names on that list could miss out, providing that Sinny and Delaney are fit enough to play.
Nathan Brown has named an unchanged squad from the one which massacred the Wildcats last weekend with a startling 52-0 victory in a game which most commentators thought would be a close run thing. It's a nineteen man squad full of quality who on paper will give us a real game.
The nineteen is; Cudjoe, Lolesi, Whatuira, Hodgson, Brown, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Gilmour, Fa'alogo, Wild, Raleigh, Griffin, Lawrence, Faiumu, Grix, Aspinwall, Patrick and Horne.
Three Giants to watch;
The game has a large dollop of added spice as the 'genius' referees controller Stuart Cummings has given the fixture to honorary new
Australian citizen Richard 'Freedom of the City of Melbourne' Silverwood. With Keith Senior left wondering how many items he'll have to
sell on e-bay to make up his £1,000 fine for 'telling it like it was', don't expect much love between the Rhinos and the referee. Siege
mentality time as we'll be playing fourteen men for eighty minutes!
Last season we travelled to the Galpharm in April and came away with a 34-06 win and the two points, we also won the fixture at Headingley
later in the season. In 2008 we were 30-10 winners, and in 2007 we won
by 25-12. The last time we lost to the Giants was on neutral ground at
Odsal in the 2006 Challenge Cup Semi-Final, a game that most of us
will not wish to remember.
You have to go all the way back to Superleague VIII (2003) for the only Superleague Giants win over the Rhinos, by 30-24.
This could be an absolute corker and the Giants will be hoping for a bumper crowd after their big win last week. There will be plenty there
from Leeds too as there always is for a sunday afternoon fixture. There are some great memories from this ground, fingers crossed that
sunday delivers another.
It's going to be nice day on sunday with a little cloud but generally
sunny. The temperature could be pushing ten degrees, ideal for a great game of fast rugby.
The Predicitions Prize Money thread for sponsors 'bet' is now on and
would net the prize fund over £89. The bookies have given the Giants a four point start on the handicaps, despite being above us in the
table (on points difference), but I think we'll better that.
See you there and enjoy the game.