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Wounded Rhinos to Trample Wolves
Posted by southstander on April 01 2005 - 14:04:38

5 Past Us

I understand that Lee Briers has said that he'll 'put five past us'. My thoughs are that he isn't fit to lace the boots of Jamie Mathiou!

Warrington, bouyed by their thrashing of Widnes on Tuesday, will be confident ahead of the game against mondays losers the Leeds Rhinos. But with the Rhinos never having lost back-to-back games under Tony Smith, and not having lost back-to-back games in Superleague since September 2002, the Yorkshiremen must be favourites ahead of the televised clash.

Another monster crowd is anticipated for the 2:35 kick-off and we preview all the action.

The magic of the Powergen Challenge Cup Starts here with the Rhinos playing host to the Wolves in the tie of the round.

Tony Smith rings the changes from the side that performed so inadequately against the Wildcats on monday night. In come Ward, Dunemann, and Jones-Buchanan with a now fully fit McGuire likley to return to the starting line-up for the first time since the Saints victory in mid-february.

Dunemann is likely to go straight back in at hooker, with Burrow dropping to the bench to make way for McGuire. Ali Lauiti'iti is still at home in New Zealand, so Botham could well get a second consecutive start after being one of the few to impress last week.

Paul Cullen brings a stronger squad than that which were crushed by 38-06 just three weeks ago. Both Nat and Paul Wood are back in contention and Martin Gleeson has been scoring tries for fun. Swann, Noone, Cardiss and Grix are all still on the injury list.

From appearing 'down and out' after the loss to Salford, the win over Widnes will have given them plenty of lift, saturday could see a very different game from that of three weeks ago.

The Wolves haven't won at Headingley since Superleague VII (a last minute Briers Drop Goal), and they also managed a 24-24 draw in Superleague VI. Before that you have to go all the way back to Superleague I since the last defeat.

Three Wolves to tame;


Danny

Marky

Marty

The weather forecasters have offered us fine weather all day, so what else could be better than getting yourself to Headingley. The South Stand is 'all ticket' but these are available up until 1pm tomorrow, the rest of the ground is pay on the day. The kick-off time and day should ensure a decent travelling base from Warrington.

Southstander.com Prediction
Rhinos 34 26 Wolves

The bookies appear to have had a bit of a brainstorm and given the Wolves a twenty-four point start. I'd be backing the Wolves with that start and think that the outcome is likely to be much closer.

On the other hand, if Smith has punished the lads in the way I expect for last weeks drop in concentartion and intensity, they may well decide that they have a point to prove in-front of the national BBC TV audience.

Personally, as long as our name is in the hat for the fifth round draw, I don't really care if it is a one-point win. I simply hope that it is a great spectacle and the Rhinos can turn on some of the style that we have gained a reputation for over the last two years.

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