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19 Jul 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Leeds Rhinos vs Widnes Vikings Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 20th July, 19:45

Where? Emerald Headingley Stadium

What channel is it on? Leeds Rhinos vs Widnes Vikings will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://tickets.therhinos.co.uk/PagesPublic/ProductBrowse/ProductHome.aspx?ProductSubType=HL

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

LEEDS RHINOS

Head Coach: Kevin Sinfield

Squad: Ablett, L. Briscoe, T. Briscoe, Cuthbertson, Dwyer, Garbutt, Golding, Hall, Handley, Keinhorst, Moon, Myler, Oledzki, Parcell, Singleton, Sutcliffe, Walker, Walters, Ward

Unavailable: Kallum Watkins, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Nathaniel Peteru, Anthony Mullally, Brett Delaney, Brett Ferres

  • Leeds blew a golden chance to hand Kevin Sinfield his first win as they allowed Wakefield to snatch a draw last week. It could have been worse for the Rhinos had Jacob Miller’s drop goal gone over rather than hitting the post but it ended 20-points apiece.

  • Cameron Smith is left out of the squad whilst Brett Ferres has picked up a knee injury. Luke Briscoe and Jimmy Keinhorst are named in their place.

  • Leeds stopped the losing streak with last week’s draw but it’s now nine games since Leeds won a Super League contest.

WIDNES VIKINGS

Head Coach: Francis Cummins

Squad: Ah Van, W. Albert, Ashall-Bott, Buckley, J. Chapelhow, T. Chapelhow, Craven, Dudson, Hauaraki, Heremaia, Houston, Inu, Leuluai, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, B. Walker, D. Walker, Whitley

Unavailable: Keanan Brand, Chris Dean, Lloyd White, Hep Cahill, Ryan Ince, Jordan Johnstone, Alex Gerrard, Tom Gilmore, Stefan Marsh, Rhys Hanbury, Sam Wilde

  • Widnes were made to pay for not taking their chances as they suffered yet another defeat last week. The Vikings managed to stay in touch with Hull KR throughout the game but ultimately fell short as they were narrowly beaten 24-26.

  • Patrick Ah Van, Weller Hauraki and Brad Walker all come into the 19-man squad. They replace Rhys Hanbury, Stefan Marsh and Sam Wilde.

  • Widnes have lost 14 games in a row in Super League and they only have two chances to break that sequence before the end of the regular sequence.

THE PREDICTION

This is an ideal chance for Leeds to win their first game since April as they host bottom-placed Widnes who are winless since March. The Rhinos had a great chance to end their losing streak last week but failed to hold on against Wakefield who snatched a draw late on. Widnes on the other hand lost their 14th consecutive Super League contest as their troubles continued against Hull KR. They are in desperate need of a win before the league split with relegation a real possibility in this sort of form. Leeds need a lot to go their way to force their way into the Super 8s with them sitting three points outside of the top 8 with just four points to play for. They will need other results to go their way but they can finally end their nine-game wait for a win here.

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