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26 May 2017 by TSZ

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The Lowdown

LEEDS RHINOS

  • Leeds fell away in the second half as Castleford got the better of them in their Magic Weekend encounter. The Rhinos were level at the break but succumbed to a quick start by the Tigers to fall four-points behind the league leaders.
  • Brian McDermott has no fresh injury concerns after captain Danny McGuire was cleared to play despite going off injured in the Castleford game. He is also able to recall prop Mitch Garbutt after he passed the concussion protocol.
  • Leeds have won seven of their last 10 Super League matches but come up against a team who have had the better of them in recent meetings, with Warrington claiming the win in eight of their last 10 Super League encounters.

Head Coach: Brian McDermott

Squad: Ashton Golding, Tom Briscoe, Kallum Watkins, Joel Moon, Ryan Hall, Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow, Matt Parcell, Adam Cuthbertson, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Stevie Ward, Liam Sutcliffe, Brett Delaney, Brad Singleton, Mitch Garbutt, Brett Ferres, Anthony Mullally, Ash Handley, Jordan Baldwinson

Unavailable: Carl Ablett (Knee), Jimmy Keinhorst (Hand), Keith Galloway (Knee)

WARRINGTON WOLVES

  • Warrington almost sealed an important victory over Wigan Warriors at Magic Weekend but had to settle for a draw, with Joe Burgess scoring in the final minute to prevent a win for the Wolves.
  • Ashton Sims comes into Tony Smith's 19-man squad having served a one-match ban. He replaces Ben Westwood who is set for six weeks on the sidelines with a hand injury. Ashton Sims comes into Tony Smith's 19-man squad having served a one-match ban. He replaces Ben Westwood who is set for six weeks on the sidelines with a hand injury.
  • Warrington have only lost one of their last seven Super League matches as they currently sit in 8th place, their highest position of the season.

Head Coach: Tony Smith

Squad: Ryan Atkins, Kevin Brown, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Dominic Crosby, Brad Dwyer, Kurt Gidley, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Benjamin Jullien, George King, Tom Lineham, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Matty Russell, Andre Savelio, Ashton Sims, Joe Westerman

Unavailable: Toby King (Hamstring), Ben Currie (Knee), Ben Westwood (Hand)


Analysis - what to expect
Both teams head into this game in decent form but after disappointing results at Magic Weekend, for different reasons. Leeds' poor second half performance cost them as they couldn't live with Castleford, whilst Warrington will be annoyed they couldn't hold on for both points against Wigan. Warrington have been the more dominant side in recent fixtures between the two but their away form has been poor this season and Leeds have been tough to beat at Headingley Carnegie, with that just being enough to give them the nod here.

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