Leeds Rhinos vs Leigh Centurions Preview

The Lowdown

LEEDS RHINOS

  • Leeds lost further ground on the top two in the Super League table after falling to a disappointing defeat at bottom of the table Widnes Vikings on Monday.
  • Brian McDermott is able to call upon skipper Danny McGuire after he missed the Widnes game with Keith Galloway and Carl Ablett returning to the 19-man squad after injuries. However, Stevie Ward misses the game through suspension.
  • A return to home soil is a welcome one for the Rhinos having only lost one of their last 12 Super League encounters at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Head Coach: Brian McDermott

Squad: Carl Ablett, Jordan Baldwinson, Tom Briscoe, Rob Burrow, Adam Cuthbertson, Brett Ferres, Keith Galloway, Mitch Garbutt, Ryan Hall, Ash Handley, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Danny McGuire, Joel Moon, Anthony Mullally, Matt Parcell, Brad Singleton, Liam Sutcliffe, Josh Walters, Kallum Watkins

Unavailable: Stevie Ward (Suspended), Jimmy Keinhorst (Hand), Brett Delaney (Knee), Ashton Golding (Hamstring)

LEIGH CENTURIONS

  • Leigh's jubilation at winning their first ever away game in Super League was short-lived as Castleford nilled them on their return to the Leigh Sports Village on Monday.
  • Neil Jukes is forced into a couple of changes having lost Ben Crooks to suspension and Glenn Stewart with concussion. Curtis Naughton and Harrison Hansen take their places in the 19-man squad.
  • Leigh will be hoping to follow up their away win at Hull last Friday with another victory here but that win was their only one in their last 10 Super League matches.

Head Coach: Neil Jukes

Squad: Jamie Acton, Mitch Brown, Lachlan Burr, Matty Dawson, Josh Drinkwater, Matty Fleming, Ryan Hampshire, Harrison Hansen, Liam Hood, Sam Hopkins, Antoni Maria, Gregg McNally, Curtis Naughton, Cory Paterson, Eloi Pelissier, Ben Reynolds, Danny Tickle, Atelea Vea, Dayne Weston

Unavailable: Adam Higson (Suspended), Ben Crooks (Suspended), Glenn Stewart (Concussion), James Clare (Knee), Dave Thompson, Micky Higham, Willie Tonga, James Green, Gareth Hock


Analysis - what to expect
Leeds' inconsistencies away from home may prevent them from keeping the pace with Castleford at the top of the Super League table, but their home form is solid over a long period now and they will fancy their chances of improving their record in this game. Leigh picked up their first ever Super League win last week but were then comfortably beaten by Castleford, with the league leaders scoring 38 unanswered points. Leeds will want to bounce back from their shock loss at Widnes and should do so back on home turf where they have proven difficult to beat.