Once again Danny McGuire was optimistically named in the Rhinos twenty, and once again he's failed to make it to the eighteen as his continuing battle with shin splits sees the splints winning. The Rhinos have really been off the boil since he was first missing (that embarrassing loss to the Giants at Odsal). Feather is the other to step down from the twenty and he played last night for the senior academy in their win over the Wolves. Walker and Millard are welcomed back into the side which avoided humiliation at Belle Vue by two points, but Willie Poching is absent after announcing his retirement earlier this week.
Paul Cullen will be desperate for a win as he looks to secure the coaching role for next season. He's looked a little precarious at ties so far this year and a bad run into the season end could spell trouble for the 'man of many words'. He has named his eighteen as; Henry Fa’afili, Martin Gleeson, Toa Kohe-Love, Stuart Reardon, Lee Briers, Mike Sullivan, Chris Leikvoll, Logan Swann, Mike Wainwright, Mark Gleeson, Ben Westwood, Paul Wood, Richie Barnett, Rob Parker, Andrew Bracek, Chris Riley, Chris Bridge, Ben Harrison. Cullens side definitely has the potential to cause us some trouble and if we aren't 100% we could be in for another embarrassment.
Three Wolves to watch;
Warrington last beat us at home in Superleague VII with a victory by a single drop goal. Since then they have only beaten us twice (2 in 10); at the Halliwell Jones on the 10th September last season; and earlier this year as they trounced us 44-16 on a humiliating afternoon in the Warrington sunshine. That was the game which indicated that we were a little frail, a theory which has been thoroughly examined over the last two months.
I still think that the light is there at the end of the tunnel, I just hope that it isn't the light of an onrushing train!
Rhinos to win by ten for me, spurred on by a great roar from the Eastern Stand.
The forecast is for rain later on, but it might just keep away long enough to see those on the western terrace dry until the final hooter. Temperatures are not too low, so hopefully a pleasant night for all.
Just a few hours for you to get your predictions into the competition.