Widnes face Leeds at Headingley on Sunday, looking for a victory that would massively consolidate their hopes of the Super Eights.
The Vikings currently sit four points clear of the bottom four, but defeat on Sunday could allow Salford to leapfrog Denis Betts’ men, should the Red Devils win their appeal of their salary cap breach.
A win, however, would see Widnes move six points above the Middle Eights.
The reverse fixture between these two sides earlier in the season was one of Widnes’ defining victories in their early season form, as they demolished the Rhinos 56-12 at the Select Security Stadium in rugby league’s own Valentine’s Day Massacre.
However, Denis Betts’ men have a torrid record at Headingley, conceding 38 points to Leeds in each of the last two seasons – and only recording one try on each occasion.
Brian McDermott’s men have secured two wins from the last two, only conceding six points in these games. They are also debatably fitter and fresher than Widnes coming into this tie, after having a week off during Challenge Cup action – during which Widnes lost to derby rivals Warrington.
Liam Sutcliffe’s kicking game has been crucial for Leeds in his side’s last two victories – the youngster slotted eight kicks against Wakefield and two in a scrappy 8-0 victory over Salford.
Winger Ryan Hall is set to make his first appearance in four months, while newly-signed full-back James Segeyaro is yet to arrive.
For the away side, Stefan Marsh is back in the squad after returning from injury, while Corey Thompson will be looking to build on the hat-trick he already has over Leeds this season.
Leeds Rhinos 19-man squad: Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Galloway, Cuthbertson, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sutcliffe, Delaney, Singleton, Garbutt, Keinhorst, Achurch, Mullally, Golding, Ferres, L Briscoe
Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Ah Van, Bridge, Brown, Buchanan, Cahill, J Chapelhow, Dean, Dudson, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Leuluai, Manuokafoa, Marsh, Mellor, Runciman, Thompson, White, Whitley
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