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15 Mar 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – St Helens vs Leeds Rhinos Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 16th March, 19:45

Where? Totally Wicked 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.saintsrlfc.com/tic...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Barba, Douglas, Fages, Grace, Lomax, Lees, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan, Percival, Peyroux, Richardson, Roby, Smith, Swift, Taia, Thompson, Wilkin

Unavailable: Morgan Knowles, Alex Walmsley

  • St Helens’ unbeaten start to the season continued as they defeated Warrington Wolves in convincing fashion last week, running out 12-30 winners.
  • Justin Holbrook has been forced into one change with Alex Walmsley picking up a neck injury against Warrington so he drops out of the 19-man squad and is replaced by Jon Wilkin.
  • Mark Percival bagged a hat-trick last week – his second of the season – which propelled him to the top of the try scorer chart. The centre now has seven to his name and Saints will no doubt be trying to get the ball in his hands in this game.

LEEDS RHINOS

Head Coach: Brian McDermott

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

Unavailable: Brett Ferres, Nathaniel Peteru, Adam Cuthbertson, Stevie Ward, Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Keinhorst, Mitch Garbutt

  • Leeds clung on to claim the two points last week as they held off a Hull FC fightback to defeat the Airlie Birds 20-16 as they continued their hoodoo over the Black and Whites at Headingley.
  • Brian McDermott’s options at prop took another hit last week as Mitch Garbutt picked up an injury and will miss this game. However, Brad Dwyer has recovered from his knock to return whilst Cameron Smith is also named in the squad.
  • Leeds have won seven of their last eight Super League matches but face an uphill task against the unbeaten league leaders here as they look to try and extend that record.

THE PREDICTION

St Helens continue to set the early season pace in Super League but now face the Leeds Rhinos in what is their toughest test to date. Saints were impressive once again last week whilst Leeds did enough early on in the second half to claim the win against Hull. St Helens have won 10 of their last 12 Super League games at home and with Leeds’ injury concerns, they can improve that record whilst also keeping their 100% start to the season.

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