Bluey has made one change from last weeks cup side with Chandler making way for Tansey. Brent Webb who missed out last week is likely to make a return but it is still a Rhinos side with more youth than experience. The full nineteen is; Ablett, Allan, Jones-Bishop, Burgess, Burrow, Diskin, Donald, Kaye, Leuluai, McGuire, Peacock, Scruton, Senior, Sinfield, Smith, Tansey, Watkins, Webb, Worrall. There are seven players in that line-up who you wouldn't have given much chance of first team action to at the start of the season, now some of them are becoming established as regulars.
It was good to see Burrow and McGuire back together last week, and to see the tries being shared amongst the backs, let's hope for more of the same this week.
Justin Morgans side have sprung a few shocks so far this season, especially as many tipped them to be struggling down the bottom with the likes of Castleford and Wakefield. The coach has recruited well and his team definitely seem to have some spirit, as they proved on their season opening trip to Headingley. Morgan has named a nineteen of; Briscoe, Fox, J. Webster, Cockayne, Fitzhenry, Cooke, J. Webster, Vella, Fisher, Mills, Newton, Gene, Galea, Crossman, Lovegrove, K. Netherton, Murrell, Watts, and Steel. There is plenty there to cause us mischeif and give the home support back to back home wins against West Yorkshire Superleague opposition. One player who is missing is Chev Walker who has been ruled out with a wrist injury.
Three Robins to watch;
Leeds came unstuck big time at KR last season on their first visit with a 22-20 loss but won last seasons two other fixtures. Round 4, or 1, or 4, or whatever it was earlier this year was a close affair which after trailing at half time we went on to win by 20-14. The hero that day was Lee Smith with a brace.
This one could go either way. KR are great at home but have a few out. Leeds seemed unstoppable earlier in the season but struggled past KR and are now heavily reliant upon the youngsters. Part of me just has a bad feeling about this...I hope that I am wrong.
The bookies aren't showing the handicap yet but I would expect it to be no more than ten, and could be a bit less. We'll definitely be favourites, but only just.
The forecast for tomorrow shows rain coming in during mid-evening so those of you who are in the seats prepare to get wet, I'll be under my brolly squinting at the action a mile away from the open terrace at the scoreboard end.
Enjoy your trip to Hull!
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