After some big games today between Hull FC and Warrington Wolves, as Wigan Warriors head over to France for a top of the table clash, Leeds Rhinos head over to Huddersfield Giants for a big derby in front of what should be a record crowd.
It is a must win for both sides as they both look to sustain their play-off hopes.
Leeds need a win to stay two points away from the play-off spots but their chances of a win have been hurt by the loss of a number of key players.
Morgan Gannon returns to the squad after making his come back from injury last week against Warrington reserves.
However Leeds are without James McDonnell, who has not recovered enough from the back injury he suffered last week, and Corey Johnson, who left last week’s win over Warrington with an injury.
The Rhinos are also without Nene Macdonald, who has returned to Australia for a week to attend the birth of his child this weekend.
Youngster Alfie Edgell could make his debut after being drafted into the squad following a string of impressive performances for the Reserves whilst winger Liam Tindall is back in contention for selection after being called into the 21 man squad this week.
Rohan Smith has named his 21 man squad for Sunday's trip to Huddersfield. Leeds are without Nene Macdonald, James McDonnell and Corey Johnson from last week however Morgan Gannon returns to the squad with Liam Tindall and Alfie Edgell both in contention as well
— Leeds Rhinos (@leedsrhinos) August 25, 2023
Many believed that these changes would see Jack Sinfield earn a start at stand-off but to the dismay of Leeds fans he played for the academy which likely means Morgan Gannon will be forced to play out of position at stand-off.
Gannon at stand off on Sunday it is then. 😢
— Oli Warman (@WarmanOliver) August 25, 2023
Sinfield playing means Gannon in the halfs 😩 I'd rather play cam smith at 6
— Liam Plumtree (@LiamPlumtree) August 25, 2023
Gannon at 6 on Sunday?! https://t.co/mtAzYjyXjv
— LoinersView (@loinersview) August 25, 2023
The Giants meanwhile are without Jermaine McGillvary and Ash Golding as well as Josh Jones whose absence continues.
They do have all their spine players like Jake Connor, Tui Lolohea, Theo Fages, Olly Russell and Will Pryce to pick from.
🟠 𝙎𝙌𝙐𝘼𝘿 𝙉𝙀𝙒𝙎 🦏
Ian Watson has named his 21-Man Squad ahead of Sunday. 👇
— Huddersfield Giants 🐮🔔 (@Giantsrl) August 25, 2023
The Giants are aiming for a record crowd on Sunday but are also hoping to right the wrongs of recent defeats that have undoubtedly hurt their play-off chances.
The Giants are looking ahead to next year for the most part where they are expected to have Adam Clune replace Theo Fages as he heads to Catalans Dragons.
It should be a great game.