Leeds Rhinos vs Wigan Warriors Preview

The Lowdown

LEEDS RHINOS

  • Leeds are in excellent form and the reaction since the defeat to Castleford has been superb, with the squad full of confidence in all facets of the game.
  • Brett Delaney missed out last week due to his troublesome groin problem but returns to the squad and Jordan Baldwinson is the player to make way for him.
  • There are milestones for a quartet of Rhinos players with Watkins making his 200th appearance, Keinhorst his 100th, Ablett his 250th and Rob Burrow will move up to 6th in the all-time list of Super League appearances with 413.

Head Coach: Brian McDermott

Squad: Carl Ablett, Tom Briscoe, Rob Burrow, Adam Cuthbertson, Brett Delaney, Brett Ferres, Mitch Garbutt, Ashton Golding, Ryan Hall, Ash Handley, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Jimmy Keinhorst, Danny McGuire, Joel Moon, Anthony Mullally, Matt Parcell, Liam Sutcliffe, Josh Walters, Kallum Watkins

Unavailable: Keith Galloway (Achilles), Stevie Ward (Hamstring), Brad Singleton (Suspended), Jack Ormondroyd (Knee), Mikolaj Oledzki, Jordan Baldwinson

WIGAN WARRIORS

  • Wigan are without a win in the last two weeks as their lengthy injury list has taken its toll on their performances and results, and their poor record at Headingley will not give them confidence.
  • They are able to count on Liam Farrell, Oliver Gildart and Ryan Sutton who are all fit again which means youngsters Joe Bretherton, Callum Field and Josh Ganson all drop out of Shaun Wane's 19-man squad.
  • Wigan's form away from home has been strong this season but they go to face the Rhinos in a stadium where they have lost their last five matches.

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Tony Clubb, Tom Davies, Morgan Escaré, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Liam Forsyth, Anthony Gelling, Oliver Gildart, Nick Gregson, Willie Isa, Thomas Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Romain Navarrete, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Sam Powell, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Joel Tomkins, George Williams

Unavailable: Sean O'Loughlin (Calf), Jack Wells (Ankle), Sam Tomkins (Ankle), Dom Manfredi (Knee), Michael McIlorum (Ankle), John Bateman (Shoulder), Jake Shorrocks (Knee), Joe Burgess (Knee), Lewis Tierney (Knee), Joe Bretherton, Callum Field, Josh Ganson


Analysis - what to expect
A huge match-up on Friday night sees an injury-hit Wigan side try to overcome their numerous absentees and face a Leeds Rhinos side that has beaten them in the last 5 matches at Headingley. The Rhinos are in solid form right now, scoring plenty of points but showing an improvement in defence and they should be able to carry that momentum into this game and beat an under-strength Wigan side.