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Rhinos Revenge for French Farce
Posted by southstander on August 12 2005 - 15:09:49

Putting the Boot in

Saturday night sees the Rhinos taking on the last side to beat us in Superleague...the London Broncos.

This will be the Rhinos fifth meeting with the Londoners so far in 2005, and they will be keen to put the record straight after the French farce in Perpignan.

Wins are now essential to keep our noses just in front of the Saints as both side look to win all their remaining games in the run in to the Minor Premiership Crown.

Saturday sees the squatters with a curtain raiser game, so it might be worth waiting for the kick and clap brigade to bail out of the stadium before taking up your normal place, although you are unlikely to get trampled in the rush.

The Rhinos are getting back to full strength with captain Kev, Rob Burrow and Marcus Bai all back in the eighteen. JJB is still missing the action, and Danny Ward looks like he's getting his weeks rest. Ashley Gibson is in the eighteen, but the one unlikely to figure in the final selection.

Tony Rea has named a 20 man squad without the injured O'Halloran or Lolohea, but still looking strong with; Armour, Bradley-Qalilawa, Clough, Dorn, Haumono, Highton, Hopkins, Kirkpatrick, Luisi, Mateo, McLinden, Mbu, Purdham, Smith, Stephenson, Sykes, Tookey, Trindall, Wells, and Williams. The visitors will be looking for another upset against the champions, and must feel that they've 'got our number' after the last meeting.

Three Broncos to watch;




This is the fifth meeting between the sides this season with the Rhinos having won three of the four games so far. The pre-season friendly ended up as 18-06, before we went on to record a 64-06 win in the first league meeting at Headingley. The cup game saw Leeds as 32-12 to the Rhinos as we marched on to Cardiff. The three thousand+ people who made the journey to the south of France will not forget, or forgive, a lacklustre Rhinos performance which saw us throw away a good first half lead to lose 24-32.

London have managed a couple of wins at Headingley in the past, the last one being back in Superleague V. But the Rhinos should be way too strong for them on saturday, especially with the skipper back in the side. Prediction
Rhinos 54 12 Broncos

The bookies are giving the Broncos a twenty point start which sounds about right for a side looking to keep Wigan and Hudderfield at bay and secure the last play-off place. I suspect that we'll put a few more on them than that.

It looks like it might well turn a little wet around kick-off time tomorrow, so you'd be better off in the South Stand if you can get.

Enjoy the game.



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