Tonight two clubs who will be in good spirits collide at Leigh Sports Village.
The Leigh Leopards defeated Wakefield Trinity on Sunday to take them to four wins and eight points clear of relegation trouble demonstrating that the Leopards should be thinking about the clubs above them and chasing a place in the top six rather than worrying about relegation like many expected them to do so after promotion from the Championship.
One of those clubs is the Leeds Rhinos who arrive in Leigh on the back of back-to-back wins over Hull FC and Huddersfield Giants.
They are in the top six at present and looking to build on that further.
Kick-off time and TV Channel
The game kicks off at 20:00.
There is sadly no live TV coverage but BBC will show highlights on the Super League Show.
Rohan Smith’s men have often been up and down this season with consistency being a real issue to nail down but they look to have found some now, but face a difficult Leigh side come Friday.
The Leopards are coming off the back of an impressive 32-0 win at Wakefield and their winger Josh Charnley is in red-hot form having scored 12 tries through the nine rounds of Super League so far.
Adrian Lam has obviously once again named Charnley in his 21-man squad.
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Adrian Lam has named his twenty-one man squad to face the Rhinos on Friday night as we return to the Leopards Den. 🐆#BeTheRoar pic.twitter.com/VvGYuiv8OS
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Lam has made just one change with Tom Nisbet replacing Jacob Gannon, the rest of the squad remains the same and will look for a second consecutive win.
Zak Hardaker and Tom Briscoe will play against their former club.
As for Leeds they’ve also made just one change and that sees Luis Roberts, formerly of Leigh, return to the squad in place of James Donaldson.
Rohan Smith has named his 21 man squad for this Friday's trip to Leigh Leopards
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Smith has kept the faith with much of the men who’ve helped earn him wins these past two weeks.
Cameron Smith, deemed unfortunate by some not to have been selected by Shaun Wane for England, is set to make his 100th Super League appearance for the Rhinos.
They remain without David Fusitu’a, Derrell Olpherts and Max Simpson leaving a presumed starting back-line of Nene Macdonald, Harry Newman, Rhyse Martin and Ash Handley in front of full-back Richie Myler.