Leeds looking to extend 100 per cent run against Huddersfield
The Rhinos are one of three teams, which includes St Helens and surprisingly Wakefield, who are joint-top of the Super League with two wins and four points.
They go into the match against Huddersfield, arguably their hardest game yet, as odds-on 2/5 favourites with Coral for the win. Unsurprisingly, after a try last time out against Hull KR, winger Ryan Hall is 6/1 to cross first; however, it is Danny Maguire who tops the charts for the Headingley side, on three tries, and is 6/5 to breach the in-goal area anytime.
In their last two games, Brian McDermott’s side haven’t been short of scorers, having recorded 78 points so far. New signing Tom Briscoe has gone over in successive matches, and looks like he is going to be huge success for the club this term and beyond. The 24-year-old England winger signed from Hull FC in the close season, and is 8/1 to cross the whitewash first against Huddersfield having achieved that feat last time out in the 40-30 victory away at Hull KR.
Less than impressive in their opening game, losing 19-0 at home against Hull FC, the Giants appeared 10 foot tall against last season’s Grand Final runners-up Wigan Warriors, putting in a big effort to eventually lose 24-16.
A try apiece from Anthony Mullally, Jamie Ellis and Aaron Murphy, plus two goals from Danny Brough, took Huddersfield’s points tally to 16. The former three are 9/1, 7/2 and 11/8 respectively to put four points on the board anytime.
Odds of 2/1 suggest that their luck won’t get any better against the rampant Rhinos, though Kyle Wood and Michael Lawrence should return from injury.
Coach Paul Anderson has challenged the pair to return to their best: “Woody’s ready,” said Anderson. “He looked sharp in his first Oldham trial game against Leigh and was good again up at Barrow the following week. I went up to see that game, and Woody, Scott Grix and [Michael] Lawrence all stood up well.
“They all needed to get those games under their belt to test themselves after spending the winter in rehabiliation (Grix was recovering from major shoulder surgery and Lawrence a wrist operation). They were belted about in the trials, which is something you can’t really replicate in training.
“They were nursing sore bodies as a result, but the fact they’ve come through relatively unscathed shows they’re ready. And for Woody, in particular, it’s going to be a big moment tomorrow night, because he’s been out since last July.”