Leeds Rhinos Match Preview

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19th July 2018

Widnes Vikings travel to the Emerald Headingley Stadium on Friday night to take on Leeds Rhinos in their penultimate fixture of the regular season.

Francis Cummins’ men are chasing a double over the Rhinos, having defeated them 23-6 at the Halton Stadium back in February.

We have provided all the key information, facts and statistics ahead of the big clash…

 

Tickets

Tickets for the trip to Leeds on Friday are available to purchase. Supporters be aware that cash turnstiles will not be available on matchday! Click here for full ticket details…

 

Squad news

Francis Cummins has made three changes to the 19-man squad he named ahead of last week’s visit of Hull Kingston Rovers. Stefan Marsh picked up an injury in the defeat to the Rovers, meaning Patrick Ah Van returns to the fold in his place. Weller Hauraki and Brad Walker are also in contention, replacing Rhys Hanbury and Sam Wilde.

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Patrick Ah Van, Wellington Albert, Olly Ashall-Bott, Owen Buckley, Jay Chapelhow, Ted Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Gil Dudson, Weller Hauraki, Aaron Heremaia, Chris Houston, Krisnan Inu, MacGraff Leuluai, Joe Mellor, Tom Olbison, Charly Runciman, Brad Walker, Danny Walker, Matt Whitley.

Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield has made two changes to the 19-man squad named for their clash with Wakefield Trinity last Friday. Jimmy Keinhorst, who spent a month with the Vikings on loan earlier in the season, looks set to return from a hamstring injury whilst Luke Briscoe is back in the Rhinos squad. Brett Ferress and Cameron Smith make way, with Matt Parcell hoping to feature after missing out last week due to an elbow injury.

Leeds Rhinos 19-man squad: Ashton Golding, Tom Briscoe, Liam Sutcliffe, Ryan Hall, Joel Moon, Richie Myler, Adam Cuthbertson, Matt Parcell, Brad Singleton, Carl Ablett, Stevie Ward, Brad Dwyer, Mitch Garbutt, Jimmy Keinhorst, Ash Handley, Jack Walker, Mikolaj Oledzki, Josh Walters, Luke Briscoe.

 

Form

Friday’s game is crucial for Leeds Rhinos, as they will need wins in their final two games to have any chance of avoiding a bottom four finish.

In the Vikings’ last outing, they were edged out 26-24 at home to Hull KR, losing by a single conversion despite a late rally. Youngster Olly Ashall-Bott picked up the man of the match award and scored his first Super League try, whilst another local lad, Owen Buckley, showed his aerial prowess to mark his home debut with a brace of tries. It was an encouraging display which Widnes will be looking to build on this Friday.

The Rhinos were left frustrated by a 20-20 draw at home to Wakefield Trinity last week, however if it wasn’t for the goal post, it could have been much worse. Sinfield’s men thought they had done enough to see out the game as they headed for the final 10 minutes with an eight-point lead. However, a converted try and a penalty goal levelled the scores, before Jacob Miller hit the upright with a field-goal attempt. Leeds will now need victory in their final two outings, plus results to go their way if they are to make the top eight.

 

Head to Head – LAST EIGHT MEETINGS

11th May 2018: Leeds Rhinos win 23-20 at the Halton Stadium

25th February 2018: Widnes Vikings win 23-6 at the Halton Stadium

29th May 2017: Widnes Vikings win 28-20 at the Halton Stadium

17th April 2017: Leeds Rhinos win 42-22 at Emerald Headingley

3rd July 2016: Widnes Vikings win 23-22 at Emerald Headingley

14th February 2016: Widnes Vikings win 56-12 at Halton Stadium

10th May 2015: Widnes Vikings win 38-24 at the Halton Stadium

13th February 2015: Leeds Rhinos win 38-6 at Emerald Headingley

 

Milestones

Patrick Ah Van: one try will take Patrick to 100 tries in the British game, and eight points will take him to 500 points for the Vikings.

Danny Craven: one try will take Danny to 50 career tries, and two points will take him to 300 career points.

Aaron Heremaia: five points will take Aaron to 300 career points across both hemispheres.

Tom Olbison: two tries will take Tom to 100 career points.

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