As the nations women spend the day getting slowly plastered in front of the Royal Wedding on TV, and the nations men try to find anything
that they can do to avoid it, Rhinos and Tigers fans will be anticipating the five-fifteen kick-off at the Jungle, Probiz, or whatever it
is called this week.
It is a massive relief to have Peacock and McGuire both back in contention for squad places. Danny seemed to turn the game when he was
brought on against the Crusaders and we seemed to be missing something when he went off. Hopefully he stood up well to the test and Big Mac
will be able to start him on friday night. JP is still borderline but the coaching staff are hopeful that he can play some part in the game
as he returns to the scene of the injury which has kept him on the sidelines for eight months.
Brent Webb has been cleared to play by the disciplinary after trading punches with Crusader Moore on monday so we are only really short or
Ali Lauiti'iti, Kallum Watkins and Ben Jones-Bishop. McDermott names a nineteen of; Webb, Smith, Delaney, Senior, Hall, McGuire, Burrow,
Leuluai, Buderus, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Cross, Bailey, Kirke, Burgess, Clarkson, and McShane for the trip to fifth
Although Mattersons season took a dent last week with a last gasp loss to the Saints (unfairly by all accounts as the referee had a
stinker), he still has a great squad to choose from. It is a squad who have caused plenty of upsets so far this season but they will be
without the injured Fozzard and Huby for the SKY trelevised clash. Dean Widders is back in the named squad after missing out last week and
the full nineteen is; Mathers, Dixon, Arundel, Owen, Chase, Orr, Jackson, Clark, Emmitt, Snitch, Ferres, Jones, Milner, Aspinwall, Massey,
Thompson, McGoldrick, Holmes, and Widders.
Three Tigers to keep an eye on;
The last time that we played the Tigers was that fateful day in August last year when despite a comfortable 38-06 win we lost Peacock fifteen minutes from the end and Burgess with
ninety seconds left on the clock. It was the game which effectively ended our 2010 campaign and left us without two influential forwards
for the key Challenge Cup Final and play-off semi-final.
The last time that the Tigers beat us was earlier in 2010 when they won by 24-10 at Headingley.
The last time that the Tigers beat us on their own ground was in March 2008 when they trounced us by 38-20. Their faithful will be hoping that they can end three years of
hurt tomorrow night.
I think that this game should be an absolutre belter. If JP and DM both make the side then we're a match for the home side, but only just a
match. I'd have it as too close to call but think that the JP factor might just be enough to get the Rhinos over the finish line.
The weather for tomorrow looks as though it will be
dry with temperatures in the low teens so it shoulod be conducive to great open rugby.
Keep everything crossed that the lads can do it, a win by forty-eight or more would be enough to see us up to fifth. But I'm not that
Enjoy the matrimonials (if that's your bag - I'll be on the golf course!), travel safe and enjoy the game.