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Our Farewell To The Willows
Posted by southstander on July 29 2011 - 07:19:01

Last Ever Visit
As cup fever sweeps Headingley in anticipation of next weekends showdown (no hoedown!) with our country cousins, we mustn't forget that there is a job that needs doing in Superleague tonight.

The Rhinos have never lost in Superleague to the Salford Reds at The Willows and if we can maintain that record tonight then it will be cast in stone as this is the Rhinos last ever visit to the soon to be demolished home of the Salford City Reds.

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With back-to-back wins under our belts and the mouthwatering prospect of a cup semi-final against Castleford on the immediate horizon the lads will be filled with more confidence than they have had all year as they visit The Willows to take on eleventh placed Salford City Reds.

We suffered a few casualties last weekend at the KC with Hauraki (hamstring) and Delaney (groin) both definitely absent. Ben Jones-Bishop is also understood to be a doubt in a nineteen named as; Webb, Smith, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Buderus, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Lauiti'iti, Bailey, Kirke, Watkins, Clarkson, Pitts, Jones-Bishop, and McShane.

The good news is that McGuire came through what looked to be another injury last week and Rob Burrow must have played his way into a starting position after turning the game against Hull in our favour. I'd like to see McGuire and Burrow start at halves with Sinfield at thirteen, but I doubt McDermott will share my opinion.

Salford, under their new coach Matt Parish, are likely to be without Sean Gleeson and will definitely miss Ashley Gibson, both through injury. Parish will be looking to try and snatch eighth place and a shot at the play-offs but with just five games left the three points that they need to make up on Hull FC look as though they may be too many.

The Reds ninteen is named as; Patten, Broughton, Nero, Jewitt, Henry, Williams, Holdsworth, Cashmere, Godwin, Boyle, Neal, Ratchford, Anderson, Smith, Sneyd, Sidlow, Paleaaesina, Wild, and Gleeson. A side which has already done better this season than in any season since they finished fifth back in 2006 has promise on paper, but perhaps not fully delivered in a season of coaching upheaval.

Three Reds to watch;




The Rhinos comfortably won the first meeting between these two sides back in Round five by 46-12 and came out on top in both meeting last season with a 22-10 win at Headingley and by 31-22 at the Willows.

The only time that we've blotted our copy book against the Reds was in 2009 when they came to Headingley and won by 30-20. Prediction
Reds 10 26 Rhinos

This is a game that we should win and will have no excuses for losing. All thoughts of the Keepmoat need to be banished and focus maintained on the campaign to finish as high up the table as we can manage. With the Tigers hosting Saints there is every chance that a win will lift us to sixth spot with four games remaining.

The bookies have given the Reds a twelve point start on the handicap coupon but I hope that we can do better than that and a compreghensive win will only help to boost the confidence that we'll need for the run-in.

The forecast for tonight is pretty good with no chance of rain and temperatures in the mid to late teens. So why not get yourself across the M62 and say goodbye to The Willows with a Rhinos victory.



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