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Super League Match Preview: St Helens vs Leeds Rhinos

Date: Friday, 17 April

Kick-off: 8pm

Venue: Langtree Park

Teams

St Helens 19 man squad: 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards, 25. Andre Savelio, 28. Jack Ashworth, 29. Olly Davies, 30. Matty Fleming.

Leeds 19 man squad: 1. Zak Hardaker, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Joel Moon, 6. Danny McGuire, 7. Rob Burrow, 9. Paul Aiton, 10. Jamie Peacock, 12. Carl Ablett, 13. Kevin Sinfield, 14. Stevie Ward, 15. Brett Delaney, 16. Mitch Achurch, 17. Adam Cuthbertson, 18. Liam Sutcliffe, 19. Brad Singleton, 20. Jimmy Keinhorst, 22. Andy Yates, 26. Ashton Golding, 27. Ash Handley.

Last Five Meetings

Leeds 12 –13 St Helens – Round 25, 2014

Leeds 32-12 St Helens – Challenge Cup 2014

St Helens 14-10 Leeds – Round 7, 2014

Leeds 11-10 St Helens – Play-off Preliminary semi-final, 2013

Leeds 22-30 St Helens – Round 15, 2013

Preview:

The top two sides in the Super League meet on Friday night when St Helens welcome Leeds to Langtree Park.

The Rhinos are in sensational form and have been the stand-out team in the early part of this season losing just one of their opening 10 games.

St Helens bounced back last weekend from three straight defeats to beat Huddersfield 11-8 and with Travis Burns, Jon Wilkin and most notably Luke Walsh having all featured and completed the 80 minutes unscathed, Saints go into Friday’s game with one of the strongest line-ups head coach Keiron Cunningham has been able to select this season.

Centre Matty Dawson suffered an ankle injury in the win over Huddersfield and will be sidelined for 10 weeks. Josh Jones is recalled to the 19-man squad to replace him.

The visitors are without Ryan Hall (hand), Tom Briscoe (shoulder) and Jamie Jones-Buchanan (hamstring) but England international Kallum Watkins is set to return after missing last weekend’s 28-18 win over Salford through illness.

Prop forward Kylie Leuluai has been told this week he needs further surgery on the shoulder injury he sustained in the loss to Warrington in Round 5 and could be out of action for another six weeks. Jimmy Keinhorst is included in the Rhinos’ 19-man squad however, and is in line to make his first appearance of the season.

Prediction: 

Leeds have won their last five games but if anyone can end their winning run it’s Saints. The home team by 6.

 

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