Leeds Rhinos hope to bounce back against Wigan in Super League
Having lost to Warrington Wolves last time out, Leeds surrendered their 100 per cent start to the Super League, though it doesn’t get any easier, as Wigan visit Headingley.
The home side are odds-on at 4/7 with Coral to get back to winning ways, though they will have to do so without injured captain Kevin Sinfield, with Danny Maguire standing in as a replacement.
“Kev’s got some hamstring/neural issue so he’s stood down for a week to let that recover,” said coach Brian McDermott.
“He’s a fantastic player for us, very influential, so we will miss him, but what we’ve got out there is good enough, Liam Sutcliffe certainly shows a lot of promise and has delivered in the past.”
Sutcliffe, who is the most likely to deputise, is 2/1 to cross anytime, however, it is seasoned professional, and talisman Maguire who leads the try-scorer charts on five, is great value at 11/8 to add four points at anytime.
Ryan Hall is really yet to set Super League alight this season; the winger has scored twice, though such is his talent, he is still odds-on favourite at 8/11 to breach the whitewash anytime.
Wigan, however got back to winning ways last time out, with a victory over Hull FC and coach Shaun Wane has called for the Warriors to improve dramatically over the next few weeks.
“It was one win and it wasn’t a great win. If we win our next four games I’ll start to think we’ve turned the corner,” he said.
“There’s quite a bit of history between us and Leeds and a healthy respect. We’ve had some real tough games over the last few years. Leeds at Leeds is one of the toughest you can get.”
For Warriors, Joe Burgess has been fairly prolific so far this campaign, as he looks to bow out on a high before heading to the NRL, and is 8/1 to cross first, while Joel Tomkins is available at 2/1 anytime. It is likely to be in defence where the game is won and lost, and if Wigan can keep penalties down to a minimum, they may have half a chance.
Their last visit to West Yorkshire however, finished 42-14 to Castleford Tigers, prior to the Hull FC win.