Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC both come into their game on Saturday needing a win to keep pace with Warrington Wolves, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils in the play-off race.
Neither have ideal prep suffering crushing defeats last week and now both sides have lost key personnel ahead of this game.
This has made it incredibly difficult for both members of the Smith family to pick their squads with Rohan Smith forced to turn to a teenager.
Firstly focusing on Tony Smith has made three changes to the side that lined up against Warrington last weekend, with Jake Trueman dropping out having suffered a ruptured Achilles, and Darnell McIntosh and Davy Litten sidelined with hand and back injuries respectively.
The trio are replaced in the squad by Tex Hoy, who has recovered from a hamstring injury, Danny Houghton who returns after completing his head injury assessment protocols, and Hull FC Academy and Yorkshire Academy prop Cobie Wainhouse, with the 17-year old named in a senior squad for the first time.
Hull remain without Ligi Sao who continues his recovery from a knee injury, while Mitieli Vulikijapani continues his recovery from knee surgery.
📋 Tony Smith has named his 21-man squad ahead of Saturday's Betfred Super League Round 24 fixture against @leedsrhinos at the MKM Stadium…
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— Hull FC (@hullfcofficial) August 31, 2023
Half back Aidan Sezer has been ruled out after suffering a concussion in training with James Bentley also stood down whilst he follows the mandatory return to play protocols following his concussion last week at Huddersfield.
Leeds welcome back winger David Fusitu’a and forward James McDonnell after they have recovered from back spasm injuries and Nene Macdonald is included in the initial squad as he is due to return from the birth of his child in Australia before Saturday’s game.
As well as Sezer and Bentley through concussion, the Rhinos are also without Richie Myler, Zane Tetevano, Justin Sangare and Corey Johnson through injury.
2 David Fusitu’a sponsored by Berry’s Jewellers
3 Harry Newman sponsored by Warners Fish Merchants
4 Nene Macdonald sponsored by Fenton Finance
5 Ash Handley sponsored by Roxy Ballroom
8 Mikolaj Oledzki sponsored by Pickups Self Storage
12 Rhyse Martin sponsored by Mailway Packaging Solutions
13 Cameron Smith sponsored by Warners Fish Merchants
14 Jarrod O’Connor sponsored by Axis
15 Sam Lisone sponsored by KBins
16 Derrell Olpherts sponsored by Holbury Dental Laboratories Ltd
18 Tom Holroyd sponsored by West Riding Paper Services
19 James McDonnell sponsored by Wetherby Whaler
20 Morgan Gannon sponsored by Simon Baynes
21 Luke Hooley sponsored by So-Trak Ltd
22 Sam Walters sponsored by Warners Fish Merchants
23 Liam Tindall sponsored by Bartercard
24 Luis Roberts sponsored by Wetherby Whaler
25 James Donaldson sponsored by ACS
29 Jack Sinfield sponsored by ACS
31 Leon Ruan sponsored by Moortown
34 Alfie Edgell sponsored by The Leeds Welding Company