Rhinos sweating over McGuire
Stand-off placed on report for a high tackle in win over Dragons
Last Updated: 23/09/12 2:46pm
Wigan choose Leeds
Leeds coach Brian McDermott hopes "common sense prevails" as he waits to find out if Danny McGuire will be available to face Wigan.
The Rhinos stand-off scored a try and a drop goal to help his side see off Catalan Dragons in Perpignan on Friday night, keeping alive their hopes of retaining their Super League title.
"I don't think 'Magsy' is a player who walks down the field thinking 'who am I going to bash now?"
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However McGuire was also placed on report at Stade Gilbert Brutus for a high tackle on Luis Anderson and is now sweating over whether he is summoned to appear before the Rugby Football League's disciplinary panel this week.
If the half-back is found guilty he could face a ban that would rule him out of not only the clash with the Warriors but also the Grand Final, should Leeds reach Old Trafford again.
"He (McGuire) went into a tackle thinking the guy was going to be much taller than he was. He (Anderson) ended up being three inches from the deck." McDermott said at the 'Clubcall' announcement at the DW Stadium.
"I don't think 'Magsy' is a player who walks down the field thinking 'who am I going to bash now?'
"That's not him as a player and I hope some common sense prevails with the review panel."
As expected, Wigan opted to face the Rhinos - the lowest-ranked team still standing in the play-offs - on home soil on Friday night.
The Cherry and Whites have beaten Leeds home and away in Super League action this season, though they were beaten by their next opponents in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.
McDermott, though, has refused to read too much into that result, adding: "In reality, I think it may count more for Wigan as a form of motivation.
"We won't be reading too much into that because it was a result in a different competition.
"What we've got to read into is that they have, in good fashion, beaten us twice in the league. It wasn't a great day for us at home because they put 50-odd points past us.
"It's a big task ahead of us."