2018 Super League – Hull KR vs Leeds Rhinos Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 29th April, 15:00

Where? KCOM Craven Park

What channel is it on? Hull KR vs Leeds Rhinos will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

HULL KR

Head Coach: Tim Sheens

Squad: Atkin, Blair, Carney, Cator, Clarkson, Donaldson, Greenwood, Kavanagh, Lee, Masoe, McGuire, Mulhern, Quinlan, Salter, Scruton, Shaw, Tickle, Vaivai, Walne

Unavailable: Danny Addy, George Lawler, Lee Jewitt, Andrew Heffernan, Shaun Lunt, Thomas Minns

  • Hull KR put their Super League woes behind them as they produced an assured performance against Oldham in the Challenge Cup last week. Rovers ran out 0-32 winners as they progressed to the next round.
  • Hull KR will be without Thomas Minns after he failed a drugs test whilst captain Shaun Lunt is set for an extended spell on the sidelines but Danny McGuire is back for the Robins.
  • With just one win from their last five Super League games, Hull KR will be hoping to build on last week’s performance, especially the defensive side. They have conceded an average of 24.4 points per game so far in the league this season.

LEEDS RHINOS

Head Coach: Brian McDermott

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

Unavailable: Mitch Garbutt, Brad Dwyer, Jack Walker, Liam Sutcliffe

  • Leeds got themselves in front from 14-0 down against Hull FC but were eventually defeated by a late Marc Sneyd drop goal. After a poor first half, the Rhinos responded well in the second half and looked set for the win before Hull bounced back to claim a 19-18 win.
  • Brian McDermott has named an unchanged 19-man squad from last week but will have Brad Singleton available after the prop missed out against Hull with an ankle injury.
  • Leeds’ defeat last week was their second in succession and they will be eager to avoid a third after slipping to sixth in the table. The Rhinos have won three of their away games so far this season, losing two and drawing the other.

THE PREDICTION

The final match of the Super League weekend sees Hull KR host Leeds. The Rhinos will be out to avoid a third straight league defeat whilst Rovers have only won one of their last five league matches. This could be a scrappy contest with both sides looking to improve on recent performances but Leeds’ superior defence could be the key. The Rhinos have conceded just 16.6 points per game this season compared to the 24.4 that Hull KR are allowing. That difference could be telling as Leeds look to get their top four hopes back on track.