SouthStand favourite Brett Delaney has a brand new five year contract tucked away in his top pocket after the Rhinos fought off interest from down-under to take the inspirational second-rower back home to complete his career. Injury keeps him out of Fridays match as the physio staff get him ready for a full-blooded onslaught in the play-offs.
Winger James Duckworth has been recalled to the side after Jimmy Keinhorst dislocated his shoulder in the convincing win over the Salford Reds last week. Elliot Michella will also be hoping for his second game in the Blue & Amber after scoring on his debut at the City of Salford Stadium in an increasingly youthfull looking Rhinos ninteen of; Hardaker, Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Hall, Burrow, Leuluai, McShane, Peacock, Ablett, Sinfield, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Moore, Singleton, Sutcliffe, Foster, Minchella and Duckworth.
Hull KR are still smarting from their loss at the hands of arch-rivals Hull FC who spoiled the party with a 38-20 win last Sunday in front of the SKY cameras. Rather than seal their top eight spot with a win they are now back in the mix, but still favourites to make the play-offs.
KR coach, Craig Sandercock, will also be looking to youth for his salvation as the Robins continue their own injury woes.
The Rhinos will need to snuff out the threat of the likes of Dobson and Hodgson to ensure victory.
The KR nineteen is; Salter, Netherton, Walker, Gleeson, Tuimavave, Cox, Mika, Burns, Carlile, Withers, Hall, Griffin, D Hodgson, Lovegrove, Dobson, Caro, Green, Ollett, and J Hodgson.
The Rhinos were triumphant by 44-10 when the sides met at Caven Park earlier in the season when we scored eight tries to Hulls two.
Leeds have won ten Superleague meetings between the two sides while KR had recorded just four wins, the last being a ten point win in 2011.
It is a game that the Rhinos should win but several of the first teamers will need to overcome the emotion of the pre-match. The bookies have given KR an eighteen point start on the coupon which I think is a little unfair. Rhinos to win but only by a couple of tries.
There are showers forecast for tomorrow morning but they should have cleared up by the evening and give us a great spectacle to share with the SKY audience. Lets make the atmosphere electric.
Travel safe and enjoy the game.