2018 Super League – Leeds Rhinos vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 13th July, 19:45

Where? Emerald Headingley 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.uk/PagesPublic/ProductBrowse/VisualSeatSelection.aspx?stadium=CL&product=18RHWK&campaign=&type=H&productsubtype=HL&productIsHomeAsAway=N

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

LEEDS RHINOS

Head Coach: Kevin Sinfield

Squad: Ablett, T. Briscoe, Cuthbertson, Dwyer, Ferres, Garbutt, Golding, Hall, Handley, Moon, Myler, Oledzki, Parcell, Singleton, Smith, Sutcliffe, Walker, Walters, Ward

Unavailable: Kallum Watkins, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Nathaniel Peteru, Jimmy Keinhorst, Anthony Mullally, Brett Delaney

  • Kevin Sinfield’s reign as Leeds’ Director of Rugby got off to the worst possible start as the Rhinos were on the receiving end of a heavy scoreline at Castleford. Leeds were kept scoreless in the second half as the Tigers ran away with the game 42 points to 10.

  • Anthony Mullally and Brett Delaney are out with injuries whilst Jordan Lilley is left out too. Ash Handley, Mitch Garbutt and Carl Ablett all return to the 19-man squad.

  • Leeds were hoping the change of coach would halt their losing run but it wasn’t to be with the Rhinos now having lost eight consecutive Super League matches.

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Annakin, Arona, Ashurst, Batchelor, Caton-Brown, England, Fifita, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Jordan Crowther, Joe Arundel, Craig Huby, Danny Kirmond

  • Wakefield’s place in the top 8 is now far from secure after they were defeated by Catalans last week. Trinity are just three points ahead of Leeds who sit in ninth place after their 18-35 loss against the French outfit.

  • Chris Chester has opted to drop Liam Finn with James Batchelor replacing him in the 19-man squad having missed out last week with concussion.

  • Wakefield’s away form has been poor this season with them collecting just three wins from nine games on the road.

THE PREDICTION

This game has taken on huge significance after Thursday night’s results. A win for Wakefield would likely leave Leeds destined for the Middle 8s whilst it would secure their own place in the top 8. However, a Leeds win blows the race for the Super 8s wide open and leave a thrilling end to the regular season. Both sides are coming off heavy defeats last week but it’s Leeds who will be most concerned with the Rhinos losing eight Super League games in a row. Wakefield have only won three away games this season and will need to find a way to win here to avoid a scramble to make the Super 8s in their final two matches after this one. Either side can claim the win but Wakefield seem to up their game in matches against the bigger teams and can do just enough here.