Burrow ready for Tigers test

Rhinos hooker thinks Leeds will have their work cut out on Friday

Last Updated: 01/03/12 2:04pm

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Rob Burrow: Thinks Leeds will have to dig deep against Castleford

Rob Burrow: Thinks Leeds will have to dig deep against Castleford

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Leeds star Rob Burrow expects the Rhinos to be pushed all the way by Castleford on Friday despite the Tigers' poor start to the season.

Burrow's side travel to the PROBIZ Coliseum to take on a Castleford outfit that is on a three-game losing streak.

The Tigers suffered a 46-4 thrashing at home to Wigan last time out and will again be big underdogs against the reigning Stobart Super League champions this weekend.

But Burrow, who has stepped into the void at hooker left by the departure of Danny Buderus but may move back to half-back on Friday, believes Castleford will be tough to beat with West Yorkshire pride at stake.

"I'm a Castleford lad so I know how important it is for the Cas fans, especially when they're playing at home against Leeds, to get a win over Leeds," Burrow told Sky Sports News HD.

Tough

"We're not expecting it to be easy at all, we're expecting it to be really tough. Obviously they've had a lot going on with their club lately and a new coaching staff.

"The players will be out to impress the new coach and it's early on in the season too so everyone is fighting for positions.

"They'll see Leeds as a benchmark to kick-start their season so we know we'll need to be at our best if we want to compete with Castleford."

Leeds have won three out of their four games so far this season, including a memorable 26-12 victory over NRL champions Manly in the World Club Challenge at Headingley.

"It was weird having such an important game so early on in the season," Burrow said of the win over the Sea Eagles.

"As soon as we won the Grand Final last season, when we were walking around the pitch celebrating, we knew we would get the chance to play the NRL's best team.

Morale

"It was a great game, we built it up really well and performed well on the night. It certainly got our morale really high into the season, which can only benefit our league form."

The Rhinos managed to win the title in 2011 despite a disappointing regular season that left them fifth in the final standings, and Burrow says Leeds are keen to be on the pace earlier in the campaign this time around.

Burrow added: "The World Club Challenge was a great stepping stone for us to kick on into the season.

"It's early doors yet, we didn't start too well last year so the focus this year was getting off to a much better start and keeping with it.

"The lads are fresh, we've got a lot of fit players so we've got to be happy with the start to the season."

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