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Posted by southstander on April 05 2007 - 08:09:21

Head to Head

The last time we travelled to play the Bulls on their own ground we scored thirty unanswered points, the stuff that Loiners dreams are made of.

Tonight sees top (Bradford) against third (Leeds) with just points difference to choose between the sides. In previous years this is a game which the Rhinos fans would probably expect to loose, but tonight hopes will be high of another victory. The SKY cameras are there and it should be a belter.

We preview the game here...

Tony Smith has named Webb, Senior and Ellis in the eighteen man squad to make tonights short journey to the Grattan Stadium. Lee Smith and Carl Ablett have both made way from the original twenty man squad and it looks to me like Tansey is the likeliest candidate to be the final exclusion come seven o'clock tonight. Jamie Peacock makes his first return to the home where he tasted so much success as a Bull and will be looking to put in 110%. This is as full strength as it gets for the Rhinos.

Reading through the Bulls eighteen you could be mistaken for thinking that Bradford have tried to assemble a side of Rhinos rejects. Harris, Feather, McAvoy, St. Hilaire, McKenna and Newton are all likely to figure for the home side. Pomagne Hape is the only notable absentee for the home side as they look to rediscover some form after recent disappointing results against Catalan and Castleford Tigers.

Three Bovines to watch;


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It was 2-1 to the Rhinos last season with Leeds picking up wins in the last two meetings after an early season 20-18 defeat. Our 30-0 win at the end of May was probably the best we've felt on a visit to the dump since the start of the Superleague era as sixteen thousand witnessed a near perfect Rhinos performance. The last time the sides met it was a 26-24 Leeds win thanks to a last minute Rob Burrow conversion of a Scott Donald try as Iestyn Harris blew a gasket with the touh judge. Happy Days!

In the Superleague era we've lost twenty out of thirty-one encounters, but over the last three seasons we've won seven out of nine regular round games. Hopefully tonight will be eight from ten.

Southstander.com Prediction
Bulls 18 24 Rhinos

Bulls fans are currently as disillusioned with McNamara as we are with Tony Smith. Last weeks narrow win over National League side Castleford will have done little to boost confidence, however, our try-fest against Workington was little more than a stroll in the park. Despite the Bulls being top of the pile, the Rhinos must be favourites to be two points clear come ten o'clock tonight.

There is a very pleasant evening in store with almost no chance of rain and decent temperatures. There is still the opportunity for those withot tickets to pay on the day so why not start your Easter break with a visit to Bradford?

The bookies have given Bradford a two point start, and in recent weeks they have been pretty good at predicting the margins of our games. I have a feeling that we may just beat the handicap, but probably not by much.

There are just a few more hours to get your predictions in in the tipping competition.

Enjoy the match.

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