With the Junior Academy Origin game at the weekend it means that Leeds will
be without Ashley Gibson and Danny Williams who will be sporting the White
Rose plus Joe Walsh who turns out for Lancashire. Jamie I'Anson (Yorkshire Squad) although
named in the squad will start at hooker for the Rhinos. Also missing are
Gareth Morton (trial period expired and no contract offered) and Scott
Murrell (First Grade call-up). |
This means a multitude of changes. Francis Cummins returns after his injury
at Featherstone to replace Williams, Chris Buttery moves to the centre to
accommodate the loss of Gibson and Mike Ratu steps up from the Under 18's to
replace Morton. Iain Gordon gets Murrell's jumper at stand off and Jason
Hart gets the nod into the second row to replace Buttery. Michael Haley,
impressive in the 18's win at Salford last week get his second interchange
spot and Luke Gale and Dean Townend also step up to make their 21's debut.
Its a very youthful Rhinos side, even at this level as all players apart
from Gardner and Cummins are classed as Under 19's. With Murrell's call up
it now means that four of this seasons Under-21's squad have made the step
up to first grade.
Your Rhinos side tonight is 1. Jordan Tansey; 2. Francis Cummins, 3. Mike
Ratu, 4. Chris Buttery, 5. Matt Gardner; 6. Iain Gordon, 7. John Gallagher;
8. Luke Burgess, 9. Jamie I'Anson, 10. Luke Stenchion, 11. Jason Golden, 12,
Jason Hart, 13. Carl Ablett; 14. Luke Gale, 15. Michael Haley, 16. Dean
Townend, 17. Dave Tootill.
This game is being staged at the third time of asking after earlier
postponements both at Headingley and Tetley's Stadium. Dewsbury did not
enter the grading phase but have made a positive start to the season,
despite only winning one game against Doncaster (38-26). There have been
defeats against Salford (20-50) and Huddersfield (26-30) before running
Castleford close last time out. (16-22).
If your in the area, get down and cheer the lads on. Kick off is at 7.30 and
entry is free for season ticket holders.
A match report will appear on the main site on Friday morning.