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Rhinos hoping to put down a marker for Cup final clash

| 16.08.2014

Super League round 24 continues after wins for home sides Warrington, Salford and St Helens, with the League leaders shield and play-off places yet to be decided.

Challenge Cup finalists Leeds Rhinos are set to leave out as many as nine players for their trip to London, including captain Kevin Sinfield; however, despite this, they are still odds-on at 1/10 to beat the Broncos. Teenage centre Ash Handley, who is odds-on at 8/13 to cross the whitewash at anytime, will make his debut, while fellow youngsters Ben White, Ashton Golding and Jordan Lilley could also feature, having been named in Brian McDermott’s squad.

For London, who are 6/1 for victory, winger Kieran Dixon could make his first appearance of the season, after recovering from a knee injury and, as a result, is their best hope of a try in the first scorer market, with odds of 14/1.

Bradford, meanwhile, are 2/1 shots to beat Hull FC who are odds-on at 2/5 for victory. The Bulls have enjoyed a good run of form recently, winning their last two matches against play-off hopefuls Wigan and Leeds, so could be great value. Full back Brett Kearney could return from injury, and is 10/1 to score the first try. Hull, though, are one place above the West Yorkshire side in the Super League standings, but 12 points separates the two clubs. Stand-off Jordan Rankin will return for the Airlie Birds, having recovered from injury, and is 11/8 to breach the in-goal area at anytime.

Beaten Challenge Cup semi-finalists Widnes travel to Huddersfield to try and get their season back on track and, currently in eighth place, will be focusing on finishing in a play-off place. The Vikings are 7/1 for victory, though Patrick Ah Van, Liam Carberry and Macgraff Leuluai have been recalled by coach Denis Betts after sitting out of the Cup defeat to Castlford. The Giants are odds-on at 1/14, and coach Paul Anderson will recall forward Jacob Fairbank, while prop Antonio Kaufusi, second-rower Ukuma Ta’ai and winger Jodie Broughton are all vying for a return after missing the win against Wakefield through injury.



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