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One Eye On The Semi
Posted by southstander on July 30 2010 - 08:10:59

Stand In
What a sensational weekend of rugby we have ahead of us.

While the Saints and Wolves have another twenty-four hours to prepare for their second versus third clash, the Warriors travel to Headingley, home of their last minute Challenge Cup exit to exact revenge on the Rhinos.

Following the sad death of coach Macguires father earlier in the week, ex-Loiner Shaun Wane is at the Wigan helm, and he's desperate for the win.

Read more here...

After playing just once in the last three months the Rhinos welcome back Rob Burrow into the ninteen, alongside Jamie Peacock and Keith Senior who were both rested for last weeks trip to the Willows. Ian Kirke picked up a knock last week and misses out and Leeds are without two players who helped them to that quarter-final Challenge Cup win back in May, Diskin and Eastwood.

Bluey names his seventeen as; Webb, Donald, Delaney, Senior, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Buderus, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Lauiti'iti, Sinfield, Bailey, Ablett, Burgess, McShane, Clarkson, and Smith. We are definitely starting to look stronger and I am not sure who the two will be that miss out.

Shaun Wane is in charge of the Warriors for the second time, his first being the 46-0 drubbing of Hull FC at the KC last friday night. Bluey has admitted that the Wigan side are the best in Superleague at the moment and their standout player is Pat Richards who will be looking for his own milestone of 100 tried in the cherry and white. If he gets it he will be just the fifth player ever to reach the milestone for the club.

Wigan have quite an injury list of their own with O'Carroll, Bailey, McIlorum, Prescott, and Roberts all missing. One piece of good news for the Rhinos is that 'comedy Fielden' is in the side, so at least there will be something to laugh at tonight.

Wanes nineteen is; Gleeson, Carmont, Richards, S. Tomkins, Leuluai, Fielden, Riddell, Coley, Hansen, J. Tomkins, S. O'Loughlin, Paleaaesina, Deacon, Pryce, Mossop, Goulding, Farrell, Davies, and Tuson.

Three Warriors to watch;


Carmont

Fielden

Paleaaesina

There have been two meetings between the sides so far this season with honours even. Back in march the Warriors thrashed us at the DW Stadium by 04-24, and in the cup, as already stated, we snatched victory thanks to the only try of the game in the dying seconds for a 12-10 win. On the Warriors previous visit to Headingley in March 2009 the Rhinos ran our comfortable 34-10 winners but lost the return fixture in July by 10-28.

Southstander.com Prediction
Rhinos 10 22 Warriors

I know that the lads will want the win, but with fourth place in Superleague likely to be determined at the KC in round twenty-seven, many of them will have an eye on next weeks semi-final against the Saints. Wigan are desperate for the hubcap and they will throw everything that they have at us tonight. A loss isn't a disaster and would give the Warriors the wrong idea should we come up against them again in the play-offs/Grand Final. All things considered I suspect that the visitors will take the two points...I hope I am wrong.

The forecast is for a decent enough day and a clear night with only a small chance of any rain. Temperatures will drop to the mid-teens by kick-off. It should be perfect weather for open rugby.

I just hope that we can make a game of it.

Keep everything crossed for the lads and enjoy the game!

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