Six times Super League champions Leeds Rhinos will face up to cash-strapped London Broncos at Headingley on Friday.
The Broncos, who are yet to pick up a point this season, are rank outsiders for the match but will be hoping to continue to build on some improved performances in recent weeks. London were leading at half time in their clash with Warrington two weeks ago, while they remain in defiant mood despite conceding 50 points in their defeat at the hands of Wakefield last week, with coach, Tony Rea commenting after the match, “Scorelines against us like this will not break us, they will mould us. I know people will be down on us after this, but we are not down on ourselves.”
Despite this optimism, it seems unlikely that the Broncos’ losing streak will be coming to an end on Friday night, with Leeds still unbeaten after their opening 5 matches of the season.
However, with the likes of Jamie Peacock and Brett Delaney not being named in Brian McDermott’s 19 man squad, the scoreline may not be as resounding as many may expect.
Young prop Robbie Mulhern will be hoping to make his first team debut and Ian Kirke is set for his first appearance of the season. Meanwhile, Rhinos youngsters Thomas Minns and Alex Foster will be lining up for the visitors against their parent club.
Prediction: London will be resolute in the opening stages but Leeds will have too much for the Broncos as the game wears on – Leeds Rhinos 42 – 12 London Broncos.