The Rhinos welcome Jamie Peacock back into the 20 man squad after he
missed the Round 6 victory over Salford City Reds at the Headingley Carnegie
Stadium last Friday night. The Rhinos will be virtually at full strength,
with only Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Mark O'Neill still missing with injury. Nathan "Try Machine"
McAvoy and Carl Ablett, who was on loan at London last season, are also in
the 20 but I can't see Tony Smith making too many changes. I expect them to
be lining up in the Senior Academy earlier on in the afternoon.
The Rhinos 20 man squad is Mathers, Donald, Walker, Senior, Smith, McGuire,
Burrow, Bailey, Diskin, Peacock, Lauitiiti, Ellis, Sinfield, Millard,
Poching, Feather, Scruton, Ablett, Kirke, McAvoy.
Harlequins meanwhile come into this game on the back of a 64-14 defeat
against the Giants last Sunday and they have an ever increasing injury list.
Head coach Tony Rea was without 7 of his first team squad at the Galpharm
last Sunday and to cap it all Zeb Luisi, Karl Temata and the dangerous Lee
Hopkins also joining the injury list, although Hopkins may recover and has
been selected in the initial 20 as has Pat Weisner, another absentee last
week. Rea is struggling to put a team together and has plucked Duncan James
from the dark side of the club and promising youngsters Louie
McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Mike Worrincey, who spent 2005 on loan at Hull FC,
Harlequins 20-man: Bradley-Qalilawa, Budworth, Clubb, Dorn, Gafa, Hartley,
Heckenberg, Hopkins, Leuluai, Lolohea, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Mbu, Mills,
Randall, Smith, Tookey, Weisner, Williams, Worrincey, James.
Three 'Quins to watch;
Don't think its going to be a walkover, Leeds have not won an away game
against London since the 32-14 win at Griffin Park in May 2003. A 36-36 draw
in 2004 and the 32-24 defeat at the Aimé Giral last year.
If you are travelling down early the Senior Academy kicks off at 2.30pm and
this game is being played at Twickenham RFC. It's a 15 minute drive from the
Stoop and directions to this game can be found here...
The weather forcast isn't clever so make sure you take your coats as rain is
forecast on the day and
if your travelling down the M1 beware of the roadworks between Juncions 10A
and 6. They are closely controlled by cameras which record your average
speed and automatically issue a ticket. And when you get to the ground,
apparently there is a huge bar under the East Stand which will be open
during the game.
There are just a few more hours to get your predictions in in the tipping competition.