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Seven on the Bounce?
Posted by southstander on July 30 2012 - 08:18:38

Webb Back
With all the sides around us having picked up two points over the weekend, the Rhinos need a win at Belle Vue to just keep treading water and hang onto the hope that either Saints or the Catalans will slip up over the last few games and let us into the top four.

After initial fears that he'd be out for up to a month, Brett Delaney is named in the Rhinos ninteen to take on Richard Agars perennial strugglers down the road in Wakefield.

It seems a strange one for SKY to pick, especially as they chose to ignore the same monday night fixture just a month ago.

We preview the game, read more here...

Brent Webb is named in the nineteen for the second week running and has more chance of taking the field this week. With Zak Hardaker on top of his game at full-back, the smart money is on Webb to replace the suspended McGuire at scrum-half and leave the Burrow/Lunt hooker rotation in place for another week.

Unless big Mac decides to give some of his forwards a rest, or Delaney isn't quite ready after last weeks thumb injury, then I can see a seventeen with just the enforced change for McGuire.

The Rhinos have won six consecutive games, starting with that win over the Wildcats in mid-June, and the camp is now full of the confidence that was so lacking earlier in the season. McDermott names his ninteen as; Webb, Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Hardaker, Hall, Burrow, Leuluai, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Sinfield, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Hauraki, Griffin, Moore, Ward and Lunt.

Agars Wildcats will be keen to build on last weeks win over the freefalling Huddersfield Giants, but he will be without the services of suspended ex-Rhino Ali Lauitiiti. Frank Mariano gets a recall to the squad as cover.

One ex-Rhino who will be playing, and looking to exact revenge on the ex-employers who cast him aside, is Lee Smith. I hope that Lee does get his career back on track after 'the dark side' broke him, but I also hope that his re-birth doesn't start tonight at our expense.

When you look through the Wildcats squad it does leave you wondering why they continually fail to finish in the top half of the table. Tonight Agar will pick from a nineteen of; Mathers, Fox, Collis, Cockayne, Wood, Wilkes, Ellis, Raleigh, John, Washbrook, Amor, Johnson, Kirmond, Mariano, T Smith, Trout, James, Sykes, and L Smith. His supporters will be hoping that the Wildcats can win their 'Cup Final'.

Three ex-Rhinos 'Cats to keep an eye on;


Kyle

Smiffy

Richie

The Wildcats pushed us all the way in the game five weeks ago. It was a night where neither side showed any defence and we witnessed eight-four points in the match, with the Rhinos eventually winning by 44-40.

We last lost in Wakefield in the 2010 season by the scoreline of 18-28 in a game where Danny Brough kicked us to death. In superleague the Rhinos have won twenty-nine out of thirty-three meetings against the Wildcats, surely tonight will bring up the thirty.

Southstander.com Prediction
Wildcats 14 38 Rhinos

The bookies have given the Wildcats a twelve point start on the coupon, which I don't think will be quite enough. You can get 10/3 on the Wildcats for the win, and the odds are 2/9 on a Rhinos victory. But then the bookies had the Warriors as nailed on favourites a couple of weeks ago.

The forecast is for rain this lunchtime but then brightening up towards kick-off, and it should be a very pleasant evening to be stood on the not-so-pleasant Wakefield terraces.

It should be a win for Leeds, but stranger things have happened. We need to maintain our top game, all the way to the Challenge Cup Final.

See you there.

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