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Leeds v Catalans: Predicted line-ups and late injury news

Two of the competition’s form teams do battle on Friday night as Leeds host Catalans. The Rhinos are looking to claim their fifth win in a row whilst avenging their fiery play-off loss to the Dragons last year. As for the French outfit, they’re looking to stay top of the table following their brilliant start to the season.

The Rhinos could welcome back four first-teamers to their 17 today. Skipper Luke Gale is back from suspension, Cameron Smith returns after injury and self-isolation whilst King Vuniyayawa is expected to provide energy from the bench following a head knock that kept him out of the win at Warrington. Richie Myler could also return from a finger injury however the official diagnosis was three-four weeks so don’t bet on him starting. If unfit, Liam Sutcliffe will no doubt continue at fullback. There’s a slight doubt over in-form prop Mikolaj Oledzki in the front row following a foot injury at the Halliwell Jones. Leeds fans will be holding their breath over the Gdansk-born prop’s fitness.

The Dragons will be without their own explosive number eight as Gil Dudson misses out through suspension. However, the good news for Catalans is that Sam Kasiano’s ban has been over-turned and he can play as can Joel Tomkins who also returns following suspension and could continue his fine form at prop. Alrix Da Costa is back from a head knock no doubt giving the Dragons’ front row a more natural look.

15 Liam Sutcliffe
24 Luke Briscoe
4 Konrad Hurrell
2 Tom Briscoe
5 Ash Handley
6 Rob Lui
7 Luke Gale
8 Mikolaj Oledzki
9 Kruise Leeming
10 Matt Prior
11 Alex Mellor
12 Rhyse Martin
20 Bodene Thompson
14 Brad Dwyer
17 Cameron Smith
18 Tom Holroyd
19 King Vuniyayawa

29 Sam Tomkins
2 Tom Davies
4 Dean Whare
3 Samisoni Langi
5 Fouad Yaha
6 James Maloney
7 Josh Drinkwater
22 Joel Tomkins
14 Alrix Da Costa
10 Julian Bousquet
15 Benjamin Jullien
12 Mike McMeeken
13 Benjamin Garcia
1 Arthur Mourgue
11 Matt Whitley
24 Jason Baitieri
28 Sam Kasiano

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