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Rhinos to Party at the Jungle
Posted by southstander on March 07 2008 - 08:58:00

Debut

After a year in the wilderness the Tigers are back in Superleague. And they've taken up just where they left off....bottom spot!

The World Champions travel to the Jungle to take on the side who won the last encounter between the two teams back in July 2006.

It's top against bottom, so surely this is a game that the Rhinos can't lose....isn't it?

We preview the game here...

It looks like a first team debut for rising star Luke Burgess as Bluey rests Jamie Peacock. Ian Kirke is also missing for Leeds as he has still not recovered from the hamstring injury which kept him out of last weeks bruiser at Elland Road. Bigger worries for Leeds are the, what look like long term, injuries to Danny McGuire and Clinton Toopi. Word is that Danny is likely to be missing for four to six weeks, and Clinton will be lucky to be back in contention for the last third of the season. Jordan Tansey and Ashley Gibson have both been drafted into the side. Leeds rested Sinfield and Ellis the last time we visited our Country Cousins, lets hope Blueys policy doesn't backfire this time.

Terry Mattersons side are pointless...literally!

The Tigers coach has just five survivors from the last meeting between the two sides eighteen months ago. Shenton, McGoldrick, Henderson, Huby, and Lupton should all figure, Shenton returning from injury. After suffering an almightly drubbing at the hands of the Giants a fortnight ago, by all accounts the Tigers were unlucky not to record their first win against the Harlequins last weekend. The Tigers squad contains plenty of experience and it is only a matter of time before they record their opening SLXIII win, fingers crossed that it isn't tonight.

Three Tigers to watch;


Dorn

Korkidas

Donlan

The Jungle isn't a happy hunting ground for the Rhinos. For Leeds this fixture is just another game, for the locals it it their cup final. Leeds lost by a single point on their last visit during Superleague XI but previously to that we'd won in SLIX and lost in SLVIII. Despite the gap in league positions, and the apparent gap in class, the Tigers cannot be taken lightly and the resting of just one player seems to indicate that Bluey is taking them seriously.

Southstander.com Prediction
Tigers 06 46 Rhinos

It's impossible to think that Leeds could lose this, but I've been wrong before. The bookies have given the home side a sixteen point start and I'd expect that wouldn't be enough. On the non-handicapped odds Leeds are 1/12 for the win with Castleford 7/1. If Leeds lose it won't only be the fans who are crying!

The forecast is for it to be clear and fairly chilly so put that extra layer on while you are exposed to the elements.

It should be a packed house, with seating tickets sold out and a large contingent going to see the World Champions. Enjoy the game.

Don't forget to get your predictions in here.

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