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12 Apr 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – Leeds Rhinos vs Wigan Warriors Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 13th April, 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://www.therhinos.co.uk/ti...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

LEEDS RHINOS

Head Coach: Brian McDermott

Squad: Ablett, Briscoe, Cuthberton, Delaney, Dwyer, Golding, Hall, Handley, Jones-Buchanan, Moon, Mullally, Myler, Oledzki, Parcell, Singleton, Smith, Walters, Ward, Watkins

Unavailable: Nathaniel Peteru, Mitch Garbutt, Brad Dwyer, Jack Walker, Liam Sutcliffe, Brett Ferres

  • Leeds came from behind at half-time to defeat Wakefield last weekend. The Rhinos were trailing 12-6 at the break but managed to get themselves in front in the second half and claim a 26-28 win.
  • Leeds welcome back forward Adam Cuthbertson who has been missing since the World Club Challenge against Melbourne in February after picking up a hand injury. Brett Delaney also returns from injury with Brett Ferres and Liam Sutcliffe dropping out of the 19-man squad.
  • The Rhinos have the third best defence in Super League with 155 points conceded from their nine games so far, an average of 17.2 points per game. However, they will be tested by the most potent attack in terms of points scored per game with Wigan averaging 30.9.

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Bateman, Burgess, Clubb, Escaré, Farrell, Gildart, Hamlin, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarrete, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sarginson, Sutton, Tautai, J. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Williams

Unavailable: Tom Davies, Ben Flower

  • Wigan produced a brilliant comeback to beat Catalans last week. The Warriors were losing 21-0 down with 50 minutes on the clock but blitzed the Dragons in the final half hour to beat the French outfit 23-32.
  • Morgan Escaré returns to the squad in a big boost for Shaun Wane but Ben Flower drops out of the 19-man squad having been ruled out with a head knock.
  • Wigan needed their attack to save their blushes last week with them now racking up 278 points from their nine games. However, the Warriors also possess the second best defence in the league, conceding just 132 points at an average of 14.7 per game.

THE PREDICTION

Leeds host Wigan in an intriguing match-up in Headingley. In what is always one of the biggest games in the Super League calendar, the two heavyweights will go at it knowing the winner will end the weekend above the other in the table. Wigan currently sit in second, just a point ahead of the fourth-placed Rhinos. Leeds managed to grind out a good win against Wakefield last week whilst Wigan were given a huge scare against Catalans before prevailing late on. This contest could go either way but Wigan’s superior defence and attack could edge it for them.

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