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THE QUALIFIERS MATCH PREVIEW | Leeds Rhinos vs Toronto Wolfpack

Leeds and Toronto meet with Super League places at stake. Here’s everything you need to know…


Leeds Rhinos

Leeds have made two changes to their 19-man-squad ahead of Friday night’s game, with Brad Singleton serving the first of a two-match ban for an arm strike in the win at Halifax and Jack Walker suffering a head knock in that same game.

Ash Handley, Leeds Rhinos. Photo credit: Getty Images.

Brett Ferres comes back in after serving a ban of his own, while Ash Handley also returns to the squad and could make his first appearance of the Qualifiers.

Barring an unlikely slip into the Million Pound Game, it will the final match for the Rhinos for both Joel Moon and Jimmy Keinhorst, who have partnered each other in the centres in recent weeks under Kevin Sinfield.

Leeds 19-man squad: Golding, T Briscoe, Sutcliffe, Moon, Myler, Cuthbertson, Parcell, Jones-Buchanan, Dwyer, Mullally, Keinhorst, Ferres, Peteru, Handley, Smith, Walters, L Briscoe, Crosby, Thompson.

Toronto Wolfpack

Toronto coach Paul Rowley makes just one change to his squad following the win over Widnes, with Chase Stanley missing out and Nick Rawsthorne returning to take his place.

The main threat from the Wolfpack will be the forward pack with the likes of Ashton Sims, Adam Sidlow, Cory Paterson and Darcy Lussick in the side, and the game may be won down the middle.

Gareth O’Brien, Toronto Wolfpack. Photo Credit: Mathew Tsang (RiverSpiral Photography)

If it’s as close as it could well be, then full-back Gareth O’Brien’s quality will be key, and not least his ability to win a game with just one point.

Toronto 19-man squad: Wheeler, McCrone, Brierley, Buchanan, Beswick, Sims, Dixon, Ackers, Sidlow, Wallace, Krasniqi, Whiting, Rawsthorne, Paterson, Emmitt, Russell, O’Brien, Lussick, Caton-Brown.

KEY BATTLE – Richie Myler vs Blake Wallace

Myler of Leeds and Wallace of Toronto will be hoping to lead from the front in Friday night’s match with the two half-backs having great talent and good control of the ball.

One thing that each of these players possess is an eye for the try-line, and if they cannot spot a way through when passing or offloading the ball, both will attempt to go alone, breaking tackles to reach the try line or at least gain extra yards for their teams.


Not for the first time in this competition, Toronto will face new opposition in the shape of the Rhinos.

It is advantage to Leeds, sitting two points ahead of the Wolfpack and hosting the fixture at Headingley, but the travelling shouldn’t distract Toronto from being hopeful of getting the job done in West Yorkshire.


Date: Friday 28th September
Kick-off: 7:45pm
Venue: Emerald Headingley Stadium
Referee: Robert Hicks



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