Super League: Hull KR v Leeds Rhinos preview
Last Updated: 15/02/14 2:54pm
Hull KR are guaranteed a record attendance at their newly-renamed KC Lightstream Stadium for the visit of Super League giants Leeds on Sunday.
Their Super League opener will beat their previous high of 10,250, which came against city rivals Hull FC in a 17-10 win back in June 2011.
Rovers and the Rhinos split the contests last season with Leeds running out 44-10 winners in East Yorkshire, only for their opponents to exact revenge in August at Headingley with a 16-12 success.
KR coach Craig Sandercock will give debuts to Neville Costigan, Kris Keating, Jamie Langley, Kevin Larroyer, Justin Poore, Jonny Walker and Michael Weyman, while winger Ben Cockayne starts his second stint with the club.
Centre Sean Gleeson and forward Jason Netherington are sidelined through injury and Craig Hall stands by in case stand-off Travis Burns fails to recover in time from shoulder surgery.
"We have quite a lot of depth this year and it was a difficult decision selecting who plays in a couple of positions," Sandercock told the Hull Daily Mail.
Tough to pick
"The bench was tough to pick too, especially working out the best way to play Leeds. Leeds have a good big side and we need to be sensible as to who we pick."
Leeds will give debuts to hooker Paul Aiton and England winger Tom Briscoe, while prop forward Ryan Bailey has overcome an injury picked up in his testimonial game a fortnight ago.
Loose forward Stevie Ward, who missed the last five months of the previous season with a shoulder injury, is set to make his comeback, ironically in the fixture which curtailed his 2013 campaign.
The Rhinos missed out on last season's Grand Final and while the club have enjoyed a productive pre-season coach Brian McDermott knows the hard work starts now.
"A wise old man once said to me, 'You don't win anything in pre-season, but if you don't do it properly you won't win anything', and that is true," said a philosophical McDermott.
"We've worked hard and we have done everything that we needed to do but we need to get started and get some momentum going first before we get really excited."
Hull KR: Burns, Carlile, Cockayne, Costigan, Eden, Green, Hall, D. Hodgson, J. Hodgson, Horne, Keating, Langley, Larroyer, Poore, Salter, A. Walker, J. Walker, Welham, Weyman.
Leeds Rhinos: Hardaker, Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Aiton, Peacock, Ablett, Sinfield, Ward, Delaney, Bailey, Clarkson, Briscoe, Sutcliffe, Singleton.
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St Helens16 - 41Leeds Rhinos
Sun 19th Apr
Huddersfield Giants38 - 14Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings46 - 16Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield WildcatsvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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St Helens0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans DragonsvsHull 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 Warriors0 - 0Hull 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 Devils0 - 0Huddersfield 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
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Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
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Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Hull FC0 - 0Hull K R
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans Dragons0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
St Helens0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
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Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
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Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
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Fri 12th Jun
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Sat 13th Jun
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Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Super League 2014, round one
Kirk Dixon passed the one thousand point mark for Castleford who got their campaign off to a winning start with victory at Bradford.
Tom Briscoe scored a debut hat-trick as Leeds beat Hull KR 34-6 in front of a record crowd at the KC Lightstream Stadium.
Salford won their first game of the new season after handing debuts to all 13 of their starting line up against Wakefield.
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- Briscoe stars for Rhinos
- Tigers rally to beat Bulls
- Cummins allays turmoil fears
- Radford relieved at narrow win
- Hull cling on for victory
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