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Rhinos Look To End Regular Season On High
Posted by southstander on September 16 2005 - 10:59:37

The Real TS?

by Matthew Horton & SouthStander.com

Tony Smith goes head-to-head with Tony Smith as the final regular season game hits Headingley tonight. Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are the visitors looking for an away double over the World Champions.

Leeds will be looking to extract more revenge for the defeat on Easter Monday, but more importantly to avoid a fifth consecutive loss.

We preview the game here.

Leeds could become the first Super League Club to average over 17,000 fans during the weekly rounds (anything over 18,500 would do). Our average currently stands at 16,964 and with the South Stand already sold out, and a good travelling support as ever from Wakefield, then this seems a possibility. The team also need to score more than two points to overhaul the Bulls record of 1,120 in a Super League regular season.

Tonight sees the final appearances of six Rhinos players at Headingley in a regular Superleague round, Francis Cummins, Mark Calderwood, Andrew Dunemann, Chris McKenna, Barrie McDermott and the Papuan superstar Marcus Bai. They will surely want to end their Leeds careers on a high and all six are included in the 18 man squad. With the game meaning nothing in regards of league positions then I expect Franny to get a slot in the 17. Otherwise the players are competing for spots in the 17 for the Major Semi-Final at Knowsley Road in a fortnight. Ali Lauitiiti misses out after having minor knee surgery earlier in the week but he should be fit for Saints.

Leeds Rhinos 18-man squad: Mathers, Calderwood, Walker, Bai, McGuire, Burrow, Bailey, Diskin, McDermott, McKenna, Sinfield, Dunemann, Ward, Poching, Jones-Buchanan, Ellis, Smith, Cummins.

Three 'Cats to watch;


Benji

Semi

Sid

The Wildcats were mighty unlucky in falling to defeat at home to Hull FC last weekend. It took a late Sione Faumuina try to get the Black and Whites the two points. Sid Domic makes his final appearance for the club before departing for Hull, and Chris Feather will line up against his best mate Gareth Ellis, himself a former Wildcat. Again there is the usual sprinkling of ex-Rhinos in the Wakefield camp, the lastest arrival at Belle Vue is Austin Buchanan on loan from the York City Knights.

Wakefield 18-man is: Halpenny, Wainwright, Henderson, Domic, Applegarth, Jeffries, Obst , Griffin, March, Korkidas, Solomona, Wrench, J. Field, Spicer, Campbell, Feather, Elima, Buchanan.

I'm (SouthStander.com) going for a Rhinos loss, in a twisted effort to stop the Rhinos slide. The last time I tipped a loss was away at Warrington (for the first time), a game in which we put on a stonking performance and escaped with the points.

Southstander.com Prediction
Rhinos 20 24 Wildcats

The bookies, have given Wakefield a massive 24 point start, very generous if you ask me given the recent form of both teams.

The weather seems to be fine but the temperature looks like its going to drop rather quickly after sunset, so it might be jumpers all round tonight. You should be OK if you are on the terraces and it could be the last time you get to stand on the Eastern Terrace in its current state, before the construction of the Carnegie Stand.

The players will be doing their traditional walkabout round the pitch at full time, so stick around for that as well.

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