Leeds Rhinos v Huddersfield Giants: Super League preview
Last Updated: 08/03/13 7:28pm
Leeds Rhinos have named an unchanged 19-man squad for Friday's West Yorkshire derby against Super League leaders Huddersfield Giants at Headingley.
The Rhinos bounced back from their World Club Challenge defeat against Melbourne Storm by beating St Helens 20-12 last week.
Prop Ryan Bailey, on the comeback trail after knee surgery, did not make the match-day cut against Saints but is ready to return and could replace Richard Moore, while Carl Ablett faces a late fitness test.
Huddersfield remain one point ahead of Wigan, Catalan and Warrington despite suffering their first defeat of the season last Sunday, a 43-18 reverse at home to Bradford.
Skipper Danny Brough is back after missing the the Bradford defeat through illness, which enables Scott Grix and Aaron Murphy to revert to their normal places at full-back and on the wing.
Back rower Dale Ferguson has been recalled from his loan spell at Hull KR and veteran prop Stuart Fielden takes the place of Anthony Mullally after being rested last week.
"Huddersfield started off the season like a house on fire and this was (always) going to be a big game," Leeds coach Brian McDermott told their official website.
"The fact that they've just had what they would say is a disappointing loss gives it an extra bit of spice."
Huddersfield did the league double over Leeds last season, including a 22-12 win at Headingley.
Leeds squad: Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, McShane, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Ward, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Moore, Vickery
Huddersfield squad: Grix, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Faiumu, Patrick, Chan, Ta'ai, Murphy, Cording, Fairbank, Fielden, Ferguson
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
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