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01 Feb 2019 by Ash Wheldon

2019 Super League – Warrington Wolves vs Leeds Rhinos Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Warrington Wolves vs Leeds Rhinos taking place? Saturday 2nd February, 17:15

Where is Warrington Wolves vs Leeds Rhinos taking place? The Halliwell Jones Stadium

What channel is Warrington Wolves vs Leeds Rhinos on in the UK? Sky Sports Arena

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

Where can I get tickets for Warrington Wolves vs Leeds Rhinos?

Warrington Wolves – https://shop.warringtonwolves.com/match-tickets.aspx

Leeds Rhinos – https://tickets.therhinos.co.uk/PagesPublic/ProductBrowse/ProductAway.aspx?ProductSubType=AL

THE TEAM NEWS

WARRINGTON WOLVES

Head Coach: Steve Price

Squad: Atkins, Austin, Charnley, D. Clark, J. Clark, Cooper, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, King, Lineham, Mamo, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Tasi, Walker, Westwood

Unavailable: Kevin Brown, Ben Currie

  • Warrington Wolves will be looking to go one better in 2019 having lost to Wigan in last season's closely-fought Grand Final.

  • The Wolves made some eye-catching signings ahead of the 2019 season with Blake Austin the favourite to claim the Steve Prescott Man of Steel after the five-eighth’s arrival from Canberra Raiders as a marquee signing.

  • Jake Mamo, Danny Walker, Jason Clark and Lama Tasi are all named in the 19-man squad alongside Austin and could make their debuts. There is no Kevin Brown however, who has been ruled out for the season with a ruptured Achilles

LEEDS RHINOS

Head Coach: David Furner

Squad: T. Briscoe, Cuthbertson, Donaldson, Dwyer, Ferres, Handley, Hurrell, Jones-Buchanan, Lolohea, Merrin, Myler, Oledzki, Parcell, Singleton, Smith, L. Sutcliffe, Walker, Ward, Watkins

Unavailable: Carl Ablett

  • Leeds welcome back former player Dave Furner as their new head coach for the 2019 season with big things expected of his side after a poor 2018 season saw Brian McDermott relieved of his duties.

  • The Rhinos made some big-name signings as they look to bounce back from a poor year with Trent Merrin, Tui Lolohea and Konrad Hurrell all joining from the NRL with big reputations to live up to.

  • In other good news for Leeds, Kallum Watkins is fit enough to take his place in the 19-man squad having recovered from the ACL injury he suffered last season.

THE PREDICTION

This is a big opening game for both teams but for different reasons. Warrington are the favourites to win the league and will want to lay down a marker whilst Leeds have plenty to prove after a poor 2018. Both have recruited well but Warrington look to have a very impressive squad on paper with plenty of options across the field. They can get off to the best possible start here with Blake Austin setting the tone on his debut for the Wolves.

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