The play-off chasing Leeds Rhinos host Warrington Wolves who still sit 10th in the table.
Last week’s win for the Wolves all but secured the Wire’s survival and the freedom that will give them as well as the confidence makes Daryl Powell’s men a dangerous opponent at Headingley tonight as they look to make it two wins at Headingley in one season.
Speaking of that defeat, Leeds have been on a rollercoaster since that opening day defeat but now are well in the mix for the play-offs. A win tonight would see them leap ahead of Castleford into fifth but defeat would open the door for Salford to push the Rhinos out of the all important top six tomorrow with a win away at Catalans.
So, tonight is a massive game for the in for Rhinos who have won six of the last seven. Thus, they’ll take some beating but Daryl Powell will certainly hope to upset the apple cart at his former club with a surprise win to really cement Warrington’s Super League status and build towards next season with a statement win.
Powell has named two debutants both of whom are on the bench in forwards Luke Thomas and Adam Holroyd.
Greg Minikin returns to the side on the wing following Connor Wrench’s heartbreaking acl injury. Minikin is surprisingly selected ahead of young Josh Thewlis.
Speaking of youngsters Riley Dean is the man tasked with replacing Stefan Ratchford in the halves with the versatile pivot out through concussion protocols.
Former Rhino James Harrison makes a surprise switch to the second row as Oliver Holmes remains at 13.
Daryl Clark drops to the bench as Danny Walker starts in his place.
Here’s the team in full:
Luke Thomas and Adam Holroyd will make their debuts from the bench tonight 🐺
— Warrington Wolves (@WarringtonRLFC) August 19, 2022