Messageboard Home Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Latest Articles
rhinoms Superleague ...
rhinoms Superleague ...
rhinoms Superleague ...
rhinoms Superleague ...
rhinoms Superleague ...
Navigation Messageboard
Contact Me
Web Links
Photo Gallery
Game Info
2015 1st Team Game Info
2014 1st Team Game Info
2013 1st Team Game Info
2012 1st Team Game Info
2011 1st Team Game Info
2010 1st Team Game Info
2009 1st Team Game Info
2008 1st Team Game Info
2007 1st Team Game Info
2006 1st Team Game Info
2005 1st Team Game Info
Hall of Fame
Tony Smith ('03-'07)
Barrie McDermott ('96-'06)

Click Here
2013 Sponsors List
2012 Sponsors List
2011 Sponsors List
2010 Sponsors List
2009 Sponsors List
2008 Sponsors List
2007 Sponsors List
2006 Sponsors List
2005 Sponsors List
Top Spot Up For Grabs
Posted by southstander on May 04 2007 - 12:18:21

Head to Head

It's Superleague XII so we must be playing Bradford Bulls.

Just a month since the Rhinos stole the game at Odsal in the dying seconds, the new GB coach and his recently appointed assistant once again go head-to-head at this weekends Millennium magic festival in Cardiff.

It is the game of the weekend as top takes on second, at stake a two point lead as we approach the half-way stage.

We preview the game here...

The farce that is Superleague XII sees the Rhinos take on the Bulls for the second, of a scheduled four occasions, during the regular season. With the chance that the side could meet again in the Challenge Cup, and potentially twice in the Grand Final Play-Offs, then this could be the second of seven meetings between the two sides before mid-October. I'm not sure which set of supporters will be the most concerned.

Leeds are definitely without the constantly improving Jamie Peacock who suffered an injury just two minutes into last fridays game with the Catala Dragons. Danny McGuire and Ashley Gibson, both scares from last weeks match are also named in Tony Smiths twenty. Ryan Hall, star of the Academy, gets his recognition with a call into the initial squad but the only likely change to last weeks winning side will see Ali Lauiti'iti return from injury in the place of Peacock.

Steve McNamara will be watching the swansong of an Odsal favourite, and a player who has tormented the Rhinos over the years. Les Vainikolo is likely to be making his last appearance before switching codes to try his hand at Union and his replacement has already been signed in the form of Tame Tupou, recently released by Brisbane Broncos. The Bulls twenty is unchanged from their win over Warrington last week and is; McAvoy, Harris, Vainikolo, Harris, Deacon, Vagana, Newton, Lynch, McKenna, Langley, Feather, Cook, Henderson, Evans, Burgess, Platt, Kopczak, James, Halley, and Solomona. Three Bovines to watch;




The Leeds Millennium Stadium record is not so good with our one appearance in the 2003 Challenge Cup Final resulting in a controversial loss against the Bulls. Recent form against the Bulls has been much better with Tony Smith seeming to have the 'magic' over our closest rivals. Over the last three seasons we've won eight out of ten regular round games.

Both sides are currently playing well, or at least, scraping wins whan it matters. Neck and neck on league points, the Rhinos are just twenty-two game points better off than the Bulls, sitting top of the pile. Prediction
Bulls 22 32 Rhinos

There is some talk in the press of a public relations disaster as only twenty-five thousand tickets have been sold for each day. With supporters likely to move in and our of the ground throughout the day it is likely that most games will be watched by fewer than twenty thousand supporters. That is going to look like a very empty stadium for the SKY TV cameras. I can't see the 'on the road' being repeated again next year, at least in this format.

The bookies have given Bradford a four point start, two points more than they did at the last meeting. I'd hope that we can beat this and win in far more comfortable style, so long as we don't carry too many memories of that saturday afternoon back in 2003.

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

Enjoy the match and have a safe trip.



Remember Me

Lost Password?
Google Adverts
Member Poll
How will the Rhinos fare in the opening fixtures of the two part season?

Top of the pile

Top Four

Top Eight

Bottom Four

You must login to vote.
All The Latest News
Google Adverts

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that news stories are correct, we cannot be held responsible for errors. However, if you feel any material on this website is copyrighted or incorrect in any way please contact us at so we can remove it or negotiate copyright permission.

RLFANS.COM, the owners of this website, the RLSA (Rugby League Supporters Association) or the 100% League Network are not responsible for the content of its sub-sites, please email the author of this sub-site if you feel you find an article offensive or of a choice nature that you disagree with.

Email RLFANS.COM's owners if further assistance is required.

(C)1999-2015 RLFANS.COM