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04 May 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – Leeds Rhinos vs Warrington Wolves Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 04th May, 19:45

Where? Headingley Carnegie Stadium

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://tickets.therhinos.co.u...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

LEEDS RHINOS

Head Coach: Brian McDermott

Squad: Ablett, Briscoe, Cuthberton, Dwyer, Ferres, Golding, Hall, Handley, Jones-Buchanan, Moon, Mullally, Myler, Parcell, Peteru, Singleton, Walker, Walters, Ward, Watkins

Unavailable: Mitch Garbutt, Liam Sutcliffe, Brett Delaney

  • Leeds snapped their two-game losing run with a narrow win away at Hull KR last week. Kallum Watkins’ 55th minute penalty was the difference between the two teams as the Rhinos withstood some late pressure for an 18-20 victory.
  • Brad Dwyer, Nathaniel Peteru and Jack Walker are all named in the 19-man squad after recovering from injuries. Cameron Smith, Brett Delaney and Mikolaj Oledzki make way.
  • Leeds kept themselves within touching distance of the top 4 with last week’s win but will be eager to not lose too much ground on their opponents in this game. If they lose, Warrington will open up a five-point lead over the Rhinos.

WARRINGTON WOLVES

Head Coach: Steve Price

Squad: Akauola, Atkins, K. Brown, M. Brown, Charnley, Clark, Cooper, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, G. King, Lineham, Livett, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Roberts, Westwood

Unavailable: Toby King, Dom Crosby, Ben Currie

  • Warrington’s impressive form showed no sign of slowing down as they produced another solid display for a comfortable 38-4 win at home to Huddersfield last week. The Wolves ran in eight tries with Josh Charnley bagging a hat-trick.
  • After falling out of favour with head coach Steve Price, Matty Russell was allowed to depart to the Toronto Wolfpack this week. Ben Pomeroy has also returned to the club having signed from Lezignan but is unavailable this week. Mitch Brown comes into the squad for Morgan Smith in the only change for Wire.
  • Warrington extended their winning run to eight games in all competitions and whilst their attack has really come to the fore recently, it’s their impressive defensive efforts that are more noticeable. They have conceded the joint-second fewest points per game on average with 14.7 alongside Wigan, with only league leaders St Helens boasting a better record.

THE PREDICTION

Leeds host Warrington in a huge game for both sides. A win for Warrington would leave them well in the hunt at the top of the table whilst also opening up a five-point gap over Leeds. On the flip side, a win for Leeds would draw them to within a point of the Wolves and leave the battle for a top 4 spot extremely open. Warrington are the form team of the competition whilst Leeds have struggled for consistency recently and that could hurt them here. Warrington boast better attacking and defensive records this season which could be crucial in this with them having enough to see off Leeds.

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