September 16, 2021 10:18 AM
Ash Wheldon

2021 Super League – Leeds Rhinos vs Hull KR Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Leeds Rhinos vs Hull KR taking place? Friday 17th September, 2021 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Leeds Rhinos vs Hull KR taking place? Emerald Headingley Stadium

Where can I get tickets for Leeds Rhinos vs Hull KR? Click here for the official Super League ticket section

What channel is Leeds Rhinos vs Hull KR on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream Leeds Rhinos vs Hull KR? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via the Sky Go app

THE TEAM NEWS

LEEDS RHINOS

  • Leeds Rhinos were woeful, particularly in the first half, of their clash with St. Helens last week and their play-off hopes now hang in the balance ahead of this clash with top six rivals Hull KR.
  • The 40-6 loss to Saints could have been a lot worse than the scoreline suggests and there will have been a lot of soul searching for the squad this week ahead of this must-win contest.

21-man squad: T. Briscoe, Newman, Hurrell, Handley, Lui, Leeming, Prior, Martin, Dwyer, Myler, Smith, Holroyd, Thompson, A. Sutcliffe, Walters, L. Briscoe, Donaldson, O’Connor, Broadbent, Gannon, Johnson

HULL KR

  • Hull KR put themselves into a solid position to finish in the top six by overcoming play-off rivals Castleford Tigers last week and they now know that a win over Leeds Rhinos would secure their spot.
  • Rovers overturned a half-time deficit to see off the Tigers but they suffered a double injury blow during that contest with outside backs Ryan Hall and Greg Minikin being ruled out for the campaign, making their quest to make it three straight wins a tough one.

21-man squad: Crooks, Kenny-Dowall, Abdull, Vete, Parcell, Sims, Takairangi, Linnett, Litten, King, Storton, Dagger, Lewis, Keyes, Milnes, Maher, Johnson, Mustapha, Tate, Whur, Keinhorst

THE PREDICTION

Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR come into this contest knowing that a win will secure their spot in the play-offs but it could be the end of the road for the losers. If Castleford Tigers can win their game with Warrington Wolves on Thursday, the pressure will fall on this pair making it a winner-takes-all clash for the final place in the top six. Leeds are likely to feel it most after a terrible showing last time out against St. Helens and they must respond here. There is little to split the pair with each winning four of their last eight Super League meetings but coming into this with back-to-back wins, it is Rovers that are favoured here with the benefit of a +6 start.

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