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Cup Challenge for Rhinos
Posted by southstander on May 09 2013 - 17:51:23

Plotting Our Demise
Just when we'd like to keep the Superleague momentum going, the fifth round of the Challenge Cup comes along to distract us.

Saturday afternoon sees the BBC broadcast the tie of the round as the Rhinos travel to the John Smith's Stadium to take on a Huddersfield Giants side who will be welcoming the chance to forget about the League for a week after their pasting by the Wolves last Sunday.

A brilliant discounted scheme has seen the Rhinos sell almost five thousand tickets and ensure an excellent atmposphere as both sides latest steps on the road to Wembley.

We preview the game, read more here...

This is the first Challenge Cup meeting between the two sides at the John Smith's Stadium and the two teams last played each other in this competition in the semi-final in 2006 when the Giants upset the form book and the pundits with a commanding 30-12 win at Odsal Stadium.

The Rhinos are on an eight game unbeaten run and will be desperate for a ninth win as they try to reach their fourth consecutive Cup Final.

Richard Moore is drafted back into the nineteen but along with Liam Sutcliffe is unlikely to make the final selection. The game sees Sinfields record ninety-third consecutive start for the team, going one better than Scott Donalds ninety-two but still some way behind now Bulls boss Francis Cummins 182 consecutive appearances (start or sub).

Big Mac chooses from; Hardaker, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, McShane, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Moore, and Sutcliffe. Provided the seventeen from last week get a full bill of good health then the side is unlikley to change to take on the Fartowners.

Baloo Anderson will have had a hard week in training both getting his side up for the game on Saturday, and trying to get his team to believe that the loss to Warrington and surprise narrow win over Batley in Round four were minor blips. The Giants don't traditionally fare well in front of the cameras and will be hoping that their supporters aren't outnumbered and outsung by the Rhinos.

Last weeks try scoring debutant Kruise Leeming is omitted from a Giants squad which shows three changes. David Faiumu is back from injury and joined in the nineteen man squad by Wardle and Ferres who both missed last weeks heavy loss.

The Huddersfield nineteen is; Grix, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Faiumu, Lawrence, Patrick, Chan, Ta'ai, Murphy, Ferguson, Mullally, and Dawson.

Southstander.com Prediction
Giants 16 28 Rhinos

The bookies have given the home side an eight point start on the coupon and on current form I think that this is just about right. I suspect that we might just beat the handicap, but it won't be by many. The Guiants are a dangerous side on their day as they showed when they hammered us by 32-8 at Headingley earlier in the season.

The forecast for Saturday is for temperatures struggling to reach double figures and with a strong chance of some rain during the game. Hopefully it won't be too heacy underfoot and turn into a slugfest. Phil Bentham, much loved by both sets of supporters, is in the middle with Referees controller Steve Ganson still hogging some of the limelight in the video box.

Fingers crossed that the the Rhinos can make it nine unbeaten and progress to the quarter finals, eliminating one of our major challengers.

Enjoy the game.

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