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Rhinos Play Second Fiddle to Johns
Posted by southstander on September 09 2005 - 16:02:51

One Man Team?

by Matthew Horton

Four in a row?

It's not possible is it?

The last time Leeds fell to 4 straight defeats it was Warrington who inflicted that fourth defeat and tomorrow night the Rhinos travel to the Halliwell Jones Stadium looking to put the last three weeks of disappointment behind them.

We preview the game here.

Of course the main attraction tomorrow night is going the be the debut of Andrew Johns and its prompted a capacity crowd for the game. Leeds though need to forget about the "Fat Arsed" antipodean and concentrate on their own game. Tony Smith has named the same 18 players as last week. Chris McKenna has still not recovered from the knock he picked up in Cardiff but should be OK for the Wakefield game next week.

Leeds 18-Man squad is Mathers, Calderwood, Walker, Bai, McGuire, Burrow, Bailey, Diskin, McDermott, Lauitiiti, Sinfield, Dunemann, Ward, Poching, Jones-Buchanan, Ellis, Scruton and Smith.

I'd expect Leeds to be unchanged from last week, although there is a rumour on the message board that Lee Smith may line up in the centre position, meaning a return to the pack for Gareth Ellis.

Three Wolves to watch;

Fat Arse

Dummy Spitter

Copper Blocker

Wolves Head Coach Paul Cullen has confirmed that Johns will start the game with Nathan Wood being likely to drop to the interchange bench. Graham Appo was the player to make way to allow Johns onto the overseas quota. Warrington were "extraordinary in their ordinariness" according to a SouthStander spy at the Salford game last week. Chris Bridge has been playing out of position on the wing due to an injury to Dean Gaskell but how the Rhinos can control Martin Gleeson without Senior in the side it yet to be seen. Whether the introduction of Johns is of help of hindrance to the Wolves will become clear tomorrow night.

The Warrington 18-Man squad is Grose, Fa'afili, Martin Gleeson, Kohe-Love, Briers, N. Wood, Leikvoll, Clarke, Hilton, Swann, Noone, Mark Gleeson, P. Wood, Lima, Bracek, Bridge, Riley, Johns. Prediction
Wolves 18 22 Rhinos

The bookies, have given Warrington a six point start on the coupon. You can also get a load of Johns specials including; 5/1 on him scoring the first points; 5/1 on him being SKY's Man of the Match; 4/1 on a dropgoal or 40/20 and 2/1 on him scoring a try against us.

The weather forcasters it is going to be relentless rain all day tomorrow. Good job we're undercover!

The game is a virtual sell out and its not expected that any tickets will be on sale tomorrow. Leeds have sold out their allocation but if you can't get there the game is live on Sky Sports.

See you all there.

Don't forget, for your chance to win a DVD of John_D's choice, enter the Lee Briers Dummy Spitting competition here.



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