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Rhinos to quench Dragons Fire?
Posted by Number 2 on April 27 2007 - 00:46:11

Dragons Coach

By Matthew Horton

The Rhinos will look to overturn one of the more disappointing results of 2007 so far when they entertain the Catalans Dragons at Headingley Carnegie tonight.

The visitors were 30-22 winners at the Stade Gilbert Brutus back in February.

We preview the game here...

Leeds have finally hit a good run of form. After the "tough run" of the Bulls, Warriors, Wire and Saints which yielded 6 competition points (and should have been 8) the Rhinos attentions turn to a Catalan side absolutely ravaged by injury at the moment.

The Rhinos could welcome back Ali Lauitiiti who was named in the 20 after his injury against the Warriors, but how can you realistically drop anyone who performed in the shirt so admirably last Saturday evening. The switch of Toopi to the bench to come on and play at Loose Forward has been a superb decision and Kylie Leuluai is now showing some of the form that the boss comes to expect of him. The Dragons meanwhile have one of the busiest medical staff in Super League at the moment, missing on Friday will be Arron Gorrel (Season), Jamal Fakir (Round 13), Gregory Mounis (Round 13), Jason Croker (6 weeks), Adel Fellous (3 months), Sebastien Raguin (2 months). There are possible returns for Luke Quigley and Cyrille Gossard but they will be subject to late fitness tests. Mathieu Griffi and Lionel Teixido are also in line to claim a place in the 17. The Bentley brothers have stepped into the breach and by all accounts have been holding their own.

The Dragons form has been a little mixed as of late, victory over a falling Hull KR was followed by a loss in the big local derby again Harlequins on Easter Monday. 4 days later a 53-10 thumping at the Champions followed before last weeks 27-16 victory against Warrington.

Three Dragons to watch;


Stacey

Casey

Alex

Thanks to sang-et-or.net for the pictures

It's 2-1 to the Rhinos at the moment, after completing a double last season with easy victories in Perpignan and at Headingley in the last regular season game of 2006.

Of course the painful memory of the defeat in Perpignan in February is still fresh in the memory for those who made the journey to France. With all the injury problems mounting up I just can't see the Dragons being any match for the Rhinos on this occasion.

Southstander.com Prediction
Rhinos 46 14 Dragons

The forecast for tomorrow is warm but overcast. There is a very small chance of rain but nothing to be too worried about.

The bookies are giving us a twenty point start on the coupon which I think should be enough.

Enjoy the game, and if you are on the Western Terrace please show our visitors from Huddersfield and Keighley some entente cordiale.

Also the Senior Academy are in action and it is a repeat of last seasons Grand Final against Hull FC. This game kicks off at 5.45pm.

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