Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves wrap up a big round of Super League action which has seen a dramatic clash between Wigan Warriors and Hull FC, a relegation Grand Final between Wakefield Trinity and Castleford Tigers and of course the top of the table clash between Leigh Leopards and Catalans Dragons.
Today’s game is just as big as the two teams meet in a game that could have a seismic impact on who makes the top six at the end of the year.
Leeds Rhinos need a win and could cut the gap on the top six to just two points despite a poor run of form.
The teams have met twice this year already. On the opening day of the season Warrington battered Leeds to lay down a real marker.
Then recently Leeds added to the pressure mounting on Daryl Powell when they defeated the Wolves at a time in the season Leeds looked at their best.
They’ll want that back today and have been given a seismic boost with the return of Harry Newman who starts on the bench in a big decision made by Rohan Smith as he looks to protect Leeds’ biggest star.
In a surprise, Jack Sinfield is left out completely by Smith.
Leeds only have one natural halfback left following the sudden exit of Blake Austin. Sinfield started on the bench against Leigh but this time doesn’t feature.
Corey Johnson joins Aidan Sezer in the halves leaving pressure on Jarrod O’Connor to do big minutes at hooker.
Smith has again elected to start Luke Hooley at fullback today after he impressed against Leigh before featuring at Wembley last week against Halifax Panthers for Batley Bulldogs in what proved to be a heartbreaking moment for the Leeds fullback.
David Fusitu’a is also back in the mix to start on the wing. He and Ash Handley start on the flanks with Nene MacDonald and Rhyse Martin in the centres.
Expect Martin to move into the pack when Newman comes on perhaps freeing James Bentley up to spend some time at nine as cover for Jarrod O’Connor.