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MAGIC WEEKEND MATCH PREVIEW | Leeds Rhinos vs London Broncos

The Rhinos face the Broncos in a relegation scrap at Anfield. Here’s everything you need to know.

 

TEAM FORM GUIDE

Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos are in serious trouble, having been beaten by Castleford in their previous game. The Rhinos are a team lacking in confidence and desire at the moment. The side have only won four games this season and sit in tenth place but could drop down to the foot of the table with a defeat on Sunday.

London Broncos 

The Broncos secured a vital win against Wakefield last week to draw level on points with fellow strugglers Leeds and Hull KR. However, they are still bottom of the table but a win on Sunday could boost them up to tenth.

 

SQUAD NEWS

Leeds

The Rhinos welcome back Jack Walker into their line-up, with his return the perfect timing after the injury to Tui Lolohea.

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They are without star centre Konrad Hurrell, who is out with a hamstring injury.

Youngster Alex Sutcliffe has been included in the squad.

Leeds’ 19-man squad: Walker, Briscoe, Watkins, Handley, Myler, Cuthbertson, Parcell, Singleton, Merrin, Dwyer, Sutcliffe, Peteru, Oledzki, Smith, McLelland, Donaldson, Newman, Sutcliffe, Seumanufagai.

London

Head coach Danny Ward has made two changes to his side. There are returns for Matty Fozard and Olsi Krasniqi, who recently re-signed for the club after a spell in Toronto.

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The Broncos are without Eloi Pelissier due to injury and Mark Ioane misses out.

London’s 19-man squad: Abdull, Adebiyi, Battye, Butler, Cunningham, Dixon, Fleming, Fozard, Gee, Kear, Krasniqi, Lovell, Morgan, Pitts, Richards, Smith, Walker, Williams, Yates.

 

HEAD TO HEAD

London shocked many by winning the first meeting between the two sides this season, 18-16.

Prior to the win, Leeds had dominated against the Broncos, historically having great success against the club.

Having said that, meetings between the two had been something of a rarity, given the difference in leagues between the two sides before London’s promotion. This season, they have met as equals.

 

KEY BATTLE

Jordan Abdull (London) v Callum McLelland (Leeds)

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Jordan Abdull has been a leading player for the Broncos this season, playing well above expectations. He will be instrumental if the Broncos are to win this game.

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Leeds youngster Callum McLelland has been steadily improving since arriving at the club this season and has played well enough following Richie Myler’s injury to force his way into the starting thirteen on a permanent basis.

There will be no bigger stage to cement this than at Magic in a game crucial to the Rhinos survival.

 

THE IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date: Sunday 26th May
Venue: Anfield Stadium
Kick-off: 3.30pm
Referee: James Child

 

WHO WILL WIN?

London will be flying high after defeating Wakefield last week, and should out work the struggling Rhinos.

London win: 22-18.

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