2019 Super League – Leeds Rhinos vs St. Helens Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Leeds Rhinos vs St. Helens taking place? Thursday 15th August, 19:45

Where is Leeds Rhinos vs St. Helens taking place? Emerald Headingley Stadium

What channel is Leeds Rhinos vs St. Helens on in the UK? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream the match in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Leeds Rhinos vs St. Helens?

Leeds Rhinos – https://tickets.therhinos.co.uk/PagesPublic/ProductBrowse/ProductHome.aspx?ProductSubType=HL

St. Helens – https://www.saintsrlfc.com/tickets/match-tickets/

THE TEAM NEWS

LEEDS RHINOS

Head Coach: Richard Agar

Squad: L. Briscoe, Cuthbertson, Donaldson, Dwyer, Ferres, Handley, Hurrell, Lui, Lunt, Martin, Merrin, Myler, Newman, Peteru, Seumanufagai, Smith, L. Sutcliffe, Walker, Ward

Unavailable: Dom Crosby, Carl Ablett, Tom Briscoe, Brad Singleton

  • Leeds secured a second-straight win as they overcame a second-half red card to defeat Catalans and move further out of relegation danger with the Rhinos potentially already boasting enough points to be safe.
  • The Rhinos will be without Brad Singleton this week following his red card for a poor high shot on Catalans' Sam Kasiano but his loss is countered by the return of a long-term absentee.
  • Stevie Ward is back in the mix for the first time since February following a knee injury but he will need to overcome several tests to take to the field and his return could yet be at least another week away.

ST. HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Ashworth, Batchelor, Bentley, Costello, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Peyroux, Richardson, Smith, Taia, Thompson, Welsby

Unavailable: Lachlan Coote, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Joseph Paulo, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook

  • St. Helens produced a solid performance to eventually secure a comfortable victory over second-placed Warrington last week as they extended their lead at the top of the table to an impressive 14 points.
  • Saints head coach Justin Holbrook has rested key men at several points this season and he could do so again with Wembley on the horizon with Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook left out of his 19-man squad this week.
  • He sits out along with Lachlan Coote, Alex Walmsley, James Roby and Joseph Paulo who are not risked ahead of the Challenge Cup final but Morgan Knowles returns to the side after missing the last three with a rib injury.

THE PREDICTION

Leeds are still not safe but last week's big win over Catalans moved the Rhinos a step closer to securing their Super League status. They host a St. Helens team that could be without some of their key players ahead of next week's Challenge Cup final which could open the door for the Rhinos. Whatever team Saints field will be competitive and they should still get the win but it would not be a surprise to see Leeds run them close or even turn them over.

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