Super League preview: Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors
Last Updated: 15/03/13 7:30pm
Brian McDermott: Has gone for an unchanged squad despite heavy loss
Leeds have named an unchanged 19-man squad for their Super League clash with Wigan at Headingley on Friday night.
The Rhinos were thrashed 32-8 at home by Huddersfield last time out but have opted against making any major alterations for the showdown with the Warriors, which can be seen live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 7.30pm.
Leeds slumped to a shocking 50-8 defeat to Wigan at the same venue last June, although the Rhinos went on to gain their revenge in the semi-finals of both the Challenge Cup and Super League play-offs.
Wigan have made just one change to their 19-man squad as centre Rhodri Lloyd, who did not make the match-day selection for the 38-0 win over Catalan Dragons last Friday, is replaced by Darrell Goulding.
Goulding has been sidelined for three weeks due to a combination of injury and illness but should take his place back in the centres for the clash with Leeds.
Warriors assistant coach Iestyn Harris, a former captain of Leeds, says his current side should prepare for a backlash following Leeds' tame showing last week.
"Going to Headingley is always a difficult place to go," Harris said.
"We know they have some great individual players and, although they weren't great last week, we expect them to come with their A game and we will need ours as well.
"They are certain to come at us with all guns blazing. Headingley is a noisy place and we need to produce a performance that quietens the crowd."
Leeds squad: Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, McShane, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Ward, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Moore, Vickery.
Wigan squad: Burke, Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, Farrell, Flower, Green, Hughes, McIlorum, O'Loughlin, Powell, Richards, Smith, Goulding, Taylor, Thornley, L Tomkins, S Tomkins, Tuson.
What they said...
Leeds coach Brian McDermott
"We need to be better in wet conditions but in terms of energy and enthusiasm we are right up for this one."
Wigan assistant coach Iestyn Harris
"Leeds and Wigan both have high standards and these are the sort of games you want to play in and coach in and we are looking forward to the fixture."
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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
Super League 2013, round seven
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Tony Rea was satisfied following his team's 26-12 win at Castleford which moved the Broncos off the foot of the table.
Bradford back Adrian Purtell was glad to be back in action as he helped the Bulls beat Hull KR.
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- Rampant Bulls see-off Rovers
- Betts: Dragons blew us away
- Anderson remains grounded
- Catalan cruise past Widnes
- McDermott - A frustrating win
- Smith hails Warrington defence
- Brown: Monkey off our back
- Saints enjoy home comforts
- Warriors wounded by Rhinos
- Rampant Wolves maul Salford
- Bulls v Rovers: Teams
- Tigers v Broncos: Teams
- Burrow on air
- Dragons v Vikings: Teams
- Fiddes' Cent
- Giants v Hull FC: Teams
- City Reds v Wolves: Teams
- St Helens v Wildcats: Teams
- Paterson eager to beat Bulls
- Purtell almost set for return
- Evans on comeback trail
- Goulding set to boost Wigan