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Rhinos Venture to Land of the Giants
Posted by southstander on March 04 2005 - 15:33:40

Giant Task
Tony Smith makes just one change to the twenty-man squad that are the only unbeaten side in Superleague X. Scott Murrell gets the reward for a good showing against Warrington in the academy and takes the place of Lee Smith who played last night.

After last weeks second half demolition of Widnes Vikings, I expect Smith to rely on the same seventeen, as we look to stretch our lead at the top of the table.

The season is only three rounds old, and already it is difficult not to feel overconfident about our chances this year. We've negotiated a difficult opening round trip to the KC Stadium, failed to slip on the banana skin that can be Saints at home, and walloped the Vikings out of site with a clinical performance a week ago.

Next on the cards is the trip to the Galpharm (nee MacApline) Stadium to take on a very robust and difficult Huddersfield Giants under the able coaching of Jon Sharpe.

The Giants got their campaign off to a good start with an opening week win against the newboys from Leigh. They've come off the rails slightly in the last couple of rounds with defeats to Hull and Saints - both away from home. Sharp has retained the skillful nucleus that he had last year with Gene, Crabtree and March all impressing me in last seasons tussels. He's also recruited well bringing back Thorman and signing Drew.

This won't be a 'walk in the park' for the Rhinos, and they will need to be on top form to wrestle the two points from a well-drilled side that always raise their game to take on the team of their ex-boss Smith. On the other hand, it will be a game that Smith will be determined to win.

Three Giants to keep an eye on;


Paul
March

Chris
Thorman

Stanley
Gene

It looks like the weather is starting to turn by sunday, according to the forcast. Having said that, the wind whistles round the Galpharm and it would be a good idea to get well wrapped up.

The bookies have given the Giants a sixteen points start, and as always, I think that this will be pretty close to the mark. The Rhinos to just pip the spread.

Southstander.com Prediction
Giants 18 38 Rhinos

For a second week running it's a welcome game on a sunday afternoon. This should guarantee a big crowd from Leeds, what else is there to do on a sunday afternoon? Last seasons farce, and trouble, over reserved seats in the 'Kilner Bank' have been negated by the Rhinos being given their own 'end' for the game. There is every chance that Rhinos fans will outnumber those of the home side.

Don't forget 'A Question of League' on Monday night.

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