Super League play-offs: Warrington Wolves v Leeds Rhinos
Last Updated: 14/09/13 2:40pm
Leeds Rhinos travel to face Warrington Wolves in the first round of Super League play-offs this weekend.
Both sides enter Saturday's crucial encounter with back-to-back wins as second plays third for a place in the qualifying semi-final in two weeks' time.
You can see all the action from the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday as Warrington Wolves take on Leeds Rhinos live on Sky Sports 3 from 2:30pm.
Wolves ended their regular season fixture list in nail-biting fashion as they narrowly beat Catalan Dragons 14-12 at the Stade Gilbert Brutus.
Victory in Perpignan took Tony Smith's men within one point of the League Leaders' Shield winners Huddersfield Giants as the tournament enters the knockout stages.
After four wins in their last five outings, Smith has named an unchanged 19-man squad.
"We are expecting another exciting, high quality game against a very experienced team in the playoffs," he told the club's official site.
"We'd like to think that we've learnt a bit from the play-offs last year and will take that into account which will hopefully stand us in good stead."
Meanwhile Brian McDermott makes just one change to his squad following a 20-6 victory over Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium in the final round of regular-season action.
Last Thursday's win clinched third place in the overall standings for the Rhinos, leaving the Warriors to settle for fourth spot.
Rhinos prop Ryan Bailey is available for selection after missing last week's game through suspension, meaning there is no place in the squad for 19-year-old back row Alex Foster.
"We've had a good season, we've had our ups and downs but we have finished the regular season with a strong performance against Wigan," McDermott told the club's official site.
"This is a tough trip [to Warrington] and it's a big ask to beat them in their own back yard, we know we have to be better but the approach will be no different, everybody at the club wants to win."
The sides have locked horns twice this season with the honours even but Saturday's winner will go straight into the qualifying semi-final, while the loser will have one more chance to progress next week.
Just four points separated the pair at the climax of the regular season with Wolves holding the advantage with 20 wins, in contrast to the 18 the Rhinos have collected.
Wolves squad: Atkins, C. Bridge, Briers, Carvell, Cooper, Evans, Grix, Harrison, Higham, Hill, Hodgson, J. Monaghan, M. Monaghan, Morley, Ratchford, C. Riley, Waterhouse, Westwood, Wood
Rhinos squad: Hardaker, Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Singleton, Sutcliffe
First Utility Super League
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans Dragons32 - 24Hull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Super League 2013, play-offs week 1
Jon Wells praised St Helens' power and Wolves' defence as they progressed in the play-offs.
Tony Smith was delighted to see Ben Westwood grab some of the limelight after the Warrington's big win over Leeds.
Adam Swift ran in a hat-trick as St Helens eliminated Hull KR from the Super League play-offs with a 46-10 victory.
- Westwood inspires Wolves win
- Emotional loss for Dragons
- Hull FC slay blunted Dragons
- Jones-Buchanan eyes hat trick
- Blake lively
- Wane: It was a great display
- Wigan rally to stun Giants
- Saints v Hull KR: Teams
- Morley expects exciting clash
- Hull FC v Dragons: Teams
- Giants v Warriors: Teams
- Play-off form guide
- Crabtree: A Giant opening