2018 Super League – Leeds Rhinos vs Hull FC Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 8th March, 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://tickets.therhinos.co.u...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

LEEDS RHINOS

Head Coach: Brian McDermott

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

Unavailable: Brett Ferres, Nathaniel Peteru, Adam Cuthbertson, Stevie Ward, Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Keinhorst, Brad Dwyer

  • Leeds’ postponed game against Catalans last weekend might have been a blessing for the Rhinos to allow them to get some troops back after they were without a host of talent in their match against Widnes.
  • Adam Cuthbertson and Stevie Ward are the key players missing for Leeds but they’re also without Brett Ferres, Nathaniel Peteru, Liam Sutcliffe and Jimmy Keinhorst as well as Brad Dwyer who also misses out through injury despite initially being named in the 19-man squad.
  • Leeds have won their last eight Super League home matches on home soil with them possessing somewhat of a hoodoo over their opponents in this game as the Black and Whites are without a win at Headingley in 11 years.

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Abdull, Connor, Downs, Fash, Green, Griffin, Hadley, Lane, Logan, Manu, Matongo, Minichiello, Shaul, Sneyd, Talanoa, Taylor, Tuimavave, Turgut, Washbrook

Unavailable: Danny Houghton, Mickey Paea, Albert Kelly, Bureta Faraimo, Liam Watts, Josh Bowden

  • Hull almost let slip an 18 points to nil lead as Warrington pushed them close before sealing a late win
  • Lee Radford is without six first team players after Josh Bowden and Bureta Faraimo were ruled out through injury following last week’s game whilst Liam Watts will serve the first of a three-game ban for a headbutt in the same game.
  • Hull have confirmed Jack Logan will start on the wing for his first appearance in two years following an ACL injury whilst youngster Jordan Lane will make his debut from the bench as they look to improve their record of seven losses from their last nine away league games.

THE PREDICTION

These sides are not without their injuries with key players sitting on the sidelines but this should still be an interesting affair. Leeds enjoyed an extra week’s recovery due to their postponed game against Catalans whilst Hull got back to winning ways against Warrington but that win came at a cost. Their young side can win this but will need to be at their best and with their record at Headingley, the smart option would be to expect Leeds to claim the two points.