Leeds v Leigh: 21-man squads and injury update

Leeds and Leigh have both announced their 21-man squads for Thursday night’s round 12 clash at Emerald Headingley Stadium (KO 7:45pm).

The Rhinos recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season over the weekend, building on their 60-6 thrashing of Castleford last month to beat Salford 38-12 in a fiery clash that saw two red and three yellow cards.

The Centurions, meanwhile, remain in search of their first win of the season, with their most recent defeat coming away to Warrington last Thursday.

Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos are forced into five changes, with Luke Gale and Bodene Thompson suspended after incidents at Salford, while Konrad Hurrell (head), Ash Handley (head) and Richie Myler (finger) are unavailable through injury. Rob Lui (quad) and Callum McLelland (groin) return from respective problems, while Liam Sutcliffe and youngsters Liam Tindall and Levi Edwards are recalled. Alex Mellor was included as the club appealed his one game ban, however that was rejected meaning he will be unavailable for selection. Alex Sutcliffe (knee), Cameron Smith (hamstring), Jack Walker (foot) and Harry Newman (leg) are still out.

21-man squad: 2 Tom Briscoe, 6 Rob Lui, 8 Mikolaj Oledzki, 9 Kruise Leeming, 10 Matt Prior, 11 Alex Mellor, 12 Rhyse Martin, 14 Brad Dwyer, 15 Liam Sutcliffe, 18 Tom Holroyd, 19 King Vuniyayawa, 22 Sam Walters, 23 Callum McLelland, 24 Luke Briscoe, 25 James Donaldson, 26 Jarrod O’Connor, 27 Jack Broadbent, 28 Corey Hall, 29 Liam Tindall, 30 Levi Edwards, 31 Morgan Gannon.

Leigh Centurions

Four players return for Leigh, with Nathan Peats back after playing for the Combined Nations All Stars, and Alex Gerrard, Keanan Brand and Adam Sidlow also available after recovering from injuries. Tyrone McCarthy and Ben Reynolds drop out, while there’s still no Brendan Elliot, Ben Flower (hamstring) and Blake Wallace (head).

20-man squad: 1 Ryan Brierley, 2 Matty Russell, 3 Iain Thornley, 4 Junior Sa’u, 5 Lewis Tierney, 7 Joe Mellor, 9 Liam Hood, 10 Mark Ioane, 11 Ben Hellewell, 12 Jordan Thompson, 13 James Bell, 14 Matty Wildie, 15 Alex Gerrard, 16 Nathaniel Peteru, 18 Matty Gee, 19 Nathan Mason, 20 Adam Sidlow, 22 Craig Mullen, 24 Keanan Brand, 26 Nathan Peats.

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