After sitting out the first week of the Grand Final series, the top two from the regular season standings meet to determine one of the Grand Finalists for 2005. Widnes finished just two points adrift of Leeds in the table and will be out to avenge their 42-22 defeat in the one game between the sides this season.|
Leeds make a few changes for the game from the last outing, having seen John Gallagher go out on loan and Scott Murrell suffering a reaction to a previous knee injury. Jordan Tansey moves into the halves alongside Iain Gordon. Joe Walsh, Luke Gayle, Mike Ratu and Liam Halliday are all promoted from the under 18s, but big prop Mike Haley misses out after breaking his arm.
The side will line up as Francis Cummins; Danny Williams, Ashley Gibson, Matt Gardner, Dale Harris; Jordan Tansey, Iain Gordon; Luke Burgess, Jamie I'Anson, Luke Stenchion; Jason Hart, Jason Golden; Chris Buttery. Subs: Luke Gayle, Mike Ratu, Joe Walsh and Dave Tootill. Liam Halliday is 18th man.
Widnes played several players in the previous meeting in July - Rowlands, Manu, Myler and Nash - and are likely to do so again. Their only other loss, other than to Leeds, was away at Salford, where Leeds also came unstuck. They stuck 102 past Dewsbury in one game and in two games against Castleford they came away with a 130-14 aggregate. But they have struggled in disposing of Doncaster and Huddersfield - teams that Leeds brushed aside with ease - so coming up with any sort of form guide is very difficult.
The game is to be played at Headingley with an 8pm kick off. Entry is free and the southstander.com man of the match presentation will follow in the Supporters Club in the South Stand car park.