Sinfield - Practice makes perfect

Leeds skipper says match practice will count against Manly

Last Updated: 14/02/12 2:35pm

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Kevin Sinfield: Says the Rhinos' match practice will stand them in good stead against Manly

Kevin Sinfield: Says the Rhinos' match practice will stand them in good stead against Manly

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Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield believes their match practice will stand them in good stead against the Manly Sea Eagles in Friday's World Club Challenge at Headingley.

The Super League champions have had the benefit of playing two tough matches ahead whereas their Australian counterparts will be playing their first competitive match since their Grand Final win over New Zealand Warriors last October.

The Rhinos do go into their fifth world title contest on the back of a first defeat in eight matches, following their 20-6 setback at Wigan last Saturday, but Sinfield is convinced they are in good shape.

"We'll be ready come Friday," he said.

"It's still early in the week and we're still fixing some things up from Saturday's game. We need to be better on Friday.

"We're looking forward to it and it's great that it's at Headingley.

"I don't think Manly have had a game yet and the fact that we've got 160 minutes under our belt is hopefully going to be important for us.

"Both games we've had so far have been tough. We're certainly battle-hardened and ready for this one.

"But we're preparing for a tough game. I suspect it will be pretty similar to last time.

"They've some great players on show. There's a lot at stake and hopefully we can perform."

Better prepared

The England stand-off is one of 12 survivors from the Rhinos team that lost 28-20 to the Sydney outfit at Elland Road in 2009 and believes they are primed to gain their revenge.

"I think we were a good side back then but we've had some strife since then and I think we're better prepared for this one," Sinfield said.

Leeds have a major doubt over winger Lee Smith, who picked up a rib injury at Wigan, and will monitor the progress of centre Kallum Watkins after he missed that match with a wrist problem.

Manly will be at full strength, with Australia Test winger David Williams cleared to make his comeback from a broken neck.

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