Friday’s game sees the current Champions St.Helens take on the Leeds Rhinos at the Totally Wicked Stadium, the home side comes into the game as favourites after having weeks rest whilst Leeds travelled over the Pennines to defeat Saints bitter rivals Wigan 8-0. The two sides have met twice this season with Saints beating them on both occasions. The two sides are tied on 8 Super League titles apiece.
Saints are the undoubted favourites going in the game on Friday night at home, they dismantled a patched-up Leeds team 40-6 earlier this month. They have match-winning talent all over the field none more so than the colossal England front-rower Alex Walmsley, standing at 6’5 and 18 stone his clash with opposing prop Mikolaj Oledski is one to look out for. Another player to keep an eye on is last year’s Grand Final winning try scorer Jack Welsby who is more than capable of playing anywhere in the backs for Saints.
Saints 21 man squad ;
Coote, Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Lomax, Walmsley, Roby, Lees, Thompson, Knowles, Mata’utia, LMS, Amor, Paasi, Welsby, Smith, Batchelor, Dodd, Wingfield, Davies
The Leeds Rhinos and finishing fifth are somewhat of a good omen for the Yorkshire outfit as they have won the competition from there before. It felt very much as a make the playoffs then see where we are after so many plays becoming available from injury and suspension for week one of the playoffs. Led by former NRL winner Matt Prior the Leeds pack will have to match the Saints back to have a chance of winning on Friday. They have plenty of firepower themselves with the likes of Oledski, Tetevano, and Vuniyawara to go along with Prior. The game breaker could prove to be their star centre, Harry Newman.
Leeds 21 man squad;
Briscoe, Newman, Hurrell, Handley, Lui, Oledski, Leeming, Prior, Mellor, Martin, Tetevano, Dwyer, Myler, Smith, Holroyd, Vuniyawara, Thompson. Briscoe, Donaldson, Broadbent, Gannon.