Leeds Rhinos vs Wigan Warriors Preview

The Lowdown

LEEDS RHINOS

  • Leeds were knocked out of the Challenge Cup at the semi-final stage at the hands of Hull FC as the black and whites were too strong for them in the second half.
  • Brian McDermott returns to the scene of his side's 34-0 loss in their last regular season game with a hugely different squad, after resting the majority of his players for last week's Challenge Cup game. Brett Delaney is a further addition to last week's squad having recovered from an injury to both knees.
  • Leeds will be looking to atone for that disappointing loss just two weeks ago and will be hopeful of doing so on home soil having won nine of their 11 league games at Headingley this season.

Head Coach: Brian McDermott

Squad: Carl Ablett, Tom Briscoe, Adam Cuthbertson, Brett Delaney, Brett Ferres, Mitch Garbutt, Ashton Golding, Ryan Hall, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Jimmy Keinhorst, Jordan Lilley, Danny McGuire, Joel Moon, Anthony Mullally, Matt Parcell, Brad Singleton, Liam Sutcliffe, Stevie Ward, Kallum Watkins

Unavailable: Rob Burrow (Shoulder), Keith Galloway (Achilles), Josh Walters (Knee) Ash Handley (Knee)

WIGAN WARRIORS

  • Wigan managed to hold on to progress to the Challenge Cup final after a tight affair with Salford last weekend, with their attentions now turning to trying to claim a semi-final place in Super League.
  • Shaun Wane must do without Sam Powell who picked up a ban for his tackle that ended Lama Tasi's season last weekend, with Joel Tomkins also picking up a groin injury. Josh Ganson and Jack Wells come in to the 19-man squad.
  • Wigan have endured a topsy-turvy season but sit just three points outside of the top four as they begin their Super 8s campaign. The Warriors must try to improve upon their single win in their last six away games in the league, but that may be difficult against a side who are solid at home.

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: John Bateman, Joe Burgess, Tony Clubb, Tom Davies, Liam Farrell, Josh Ganson, Anthony Gelling, Oliver Gildart, Willie Isa, Thomas Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Michael Mcilorum, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Sean O'Loughlin, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Sam Tomkins, Jack Wells, George Williams

Unavailable: Sam Powell (Suspended), Ben Flower (Achilles), Morgan Escaré (Knee), Dom Manfredi (Knee), Jake Shorrocks (Knee), Joel Tomkins (Groin)

Analysis - what to expect
This is likely to be a much different game to the one that took place at the DW Stadium when the sides met just two weeks ago. Leeds fielded an extremely weakened side as they looked to try and keep their squad fresh for the Challenge Cup semi-final, allowing Wigan to walk out comfortable winners and condemn Leeds to just their second 'nilling' in Super League history. That game is likely to be a source of motivation for Leeds heading into this game, and combined with their home form this season as well as claiming the spoils in four of their last five home league games against Wigan, the Rhinos may well bounce back from last weekend's disappointment.