Leeds Rhinos vs Hull FC Preview
13th Jul 2017 by TSZ
- Leeds jumped up to 2nd place in the Super League table following an impressive performance away at Salford last Sunday, a game in which the Rhinos racked up 50 points.
- Brian McDermott must do without in-form centre Kallum Watkins after he failed his head test following going off with concussion in last week's game. His place could be taken by Jimmy Keinhorst who returns to the squad after recovering from a hand injury.
- Leeds return to Headingley for another top 4 clash and will be full of confidence after leapfrogging Salford in the table. A win here would give the Rhinos their 14th win out of their last 16 home Super League matches.
Head Coach: Brian McDermott
Squad: Carl Ablett, Jordan Baldwinson, Tom Briscoe, Adam Cuthbertson, Keith Galloway, Mitch Garbutt, Ashton Golding, Ryan Hall, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Jimmy Keinhorst, Jordan Lilley, Danny McGuire, Joel Moon, Anthony Mullally, Jack Ormondroyd, Matt Parcell, Brad Singleton, Stevie Ward, Jack Walker
Unavailable: Brett Delaney (Knee), Rob Burrow (Shoulder), Brett Ferres (Knee), Liam Sutcliffe (Leg), Kallum Watkins (Concussion)
- Hull fell to their second defeat on the trot as they lost away at St. Helens last Friday, but perhaps most disappointing for the black and whites was the manner of their performance as they struggled to handle the wet conditions.
- Lee Radford makes just one change to his 19-man squad with Jack Downs coming in for the injured Brad Fash who dropped out in the warm-up of last week's game.
- Hull need to respond following back-to-back defeats, but they won't relish heading to a ground where they have struggled, having lost on their last eight trips to Headingley in the league, losing by an average margin of 18.9 points in the process.
Head Coach: Lee Radford
Squad: Josh Bowden, Jake Connor, Jack Downs, Mahe Fonua, Josh Griffin, Danny Houghton, Albert Kelly, Masi Matongo, Sika Manu, Mark Minichiello, Jamie Shaul, Marc Sneyd, Fetuli Talanoa, Scott Taylor, Jordan Thompson, Carlos Tuimavave, Jansin Turgut, Danny Washbrook, Liam Watts
Unavailable: Gareth Ellis (Sternum), Chris Green (Sternum), Steve Michaels (Ankle), Brad Fash (Injured)
Analysis - what to expect
If a team are looking for a win to bounce back following a couple of defeats, Headingley is one of the last places you want to visit to try and get back on track. That is the task that faces Hull this weekend, with their own record when visiting Leeds even more of a worry for them. With Leeds winning 13 of their last 15 home league games, they're a formidable outfit here but Hull don't travel well to Headingley either and will need to put in a much improved performance to overcome an in-form Leeds side. This is a preview of their Challenge Cup semi-final clash at the end of July, with the winners of this game potentially receiving a big boost ahead of that, and it might be the Rhinos who go in to the semi with the mental edge. They have plenty going for them at the minute and all of the signs point to another home win.