Leeds Rhinos vs St Helens Preview

The Lowdown

LEEDS RHINOS

  • Leeds fell to a disappointing defeat to league leaders Castleford last weekend as the Rhinos lost for the first time at home since 27th April.
  • Brian McDermott has been forced to shuffle his side, losing Jamie Jones-Buchanan and captain Danny McGuire to one-match bans. Jordan Lilley returns to the squad having been on loan at Bradford Bulls.
  • Leeds' defeat to Cas was only their second home league defeat in 14 and having won four of the last five games in all competitions against Saints, they will be hoping for a quick response to last week.

Head Coach: Brian McDermott

Squad: Carl Ablett, Jordan Baldwinson, Tom Briscoe, Adam Cuthbertson, Brett Ferres, Keith Galloway, Mitch Garbutt, Ashton Golding, Ryan Hall, Jordan Lilley, Joel Moon, Anthony Mullally, Jack Ormondroyd, Matt Parcell, Brad Singleton, Liam Sutcliffe, Stevie Ward, Jack Walker, Kallum Watkins

Unavailable: Danny McGuire (Suspended), Jamie Jones-Buchanan (Suspended), Jimmy Keinhorst (Hand), Brett Delaney (Knee), Rob Burrow (Shoulder)

ST HELENS

  • St. Helens pulled off a dramatic win against Salford last week with Matty Smith kicking a drop goal from 40 metres out as the hooter went to claim a 25-24 victory.
  • Justin Holbrook is able to recall Ryan Morgan from injury after he sat out last week's game. His return is a timely one as Saints have only named an 18-man squad following Mark Percival's suspension.
  • Saints have relied heavily on their home form this season but must overturn their shoddy away form of just one win from their last 10 league games soon with the business end of the season approaching.

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Kyle Amor, Luke Douglas, Theo Fages, Regan Grace, Morgan Knowles, Tommy Lee, Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Ryan Morgan, Dominique Peyroux, James Roby, Matty Smith, Adam Swift, Zeb Taia, Luke Thompson, Alex Walmsley, Jon Wilkin

Unavailable: Mark Percival (Suspended), Danny Richardson (Injured)

Analysis - what to expect
These two sides head into this game in completely different moods but those feelings might soon reverse if recent form is anything to go by. Leeds never really got going against Castleford, whereas Saints' last second win over Salford rescued them after they had been behind for much of the game. The home form of Leeds couldn't contrast much further from Saints' away form and that may be enough to see the Rhinos bounce back at the first attempt here.