The Senior Academy return to action tomorrow afternoon after the game that was due to be the curtain raiser tonight was rescheduled earlier this week.
The Senior Academy return to action tomorrow afternoon after the game that was due to be the curtain raiser was rescheduled earlier this week. Leeds return to action after three weeks off looking to get back to winning ways. The game will still be played at Headingley Carnegie with free admission via the South Stand turnstiles on Saturday 18th March, kick off 12 noon. Having won their opening two games of the season against Huddersfield at home and away at Wigan, the Rhinos came back down to earth in spectacular fashion in their last outing, losing 44-0 at Knowsley Road against a strong St Helens side. However, Graeme Hallas has been able to recall a number of his more experienced players for tomorrow's game with three new personnel in the starting line and three positional changes. The positional changes see Nathan McAvoy revert from second row back to centre and Jamie I'Anson from loose forward to hooker, the positions they both played in the opening two games plus Carl Ablett from centre to loose forward, having also played at stand off this season. Coming into the side is Danny Williams after his time spent with the first team squad. Whilst his Senior Academy team mates were playing St Helens, Williams was of course preparing for a try scoring Super League debut and will have benefitted from his time in the first team squad. Luke Burgess comes off the bench to return to the front row, having started the first two games of the season, as does Jason Hart in the second row. On the bench Liam Halliday and Michael Brown make a return after missing the trip to Saints. The Senior Academy have not played for three weeks and will be keen to get another game under their belt. However, the break has not meant a rest for some. Jordan Tansey returns to the side at scrum half after his try scoring debut for the first team last week in Perpignan, likewise Ablett, who made his home Super League debut in the Rhinos last game at Headingley Carnegie against Castleford. Salford have had a similar season to the Rhinos and also looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season in their last outing. The Reds got off to a flyer with a comprehensive second half showing to defeat Wakefield 26-6 at the Willows. This was followed by an impressive 18-8 win over Wigan, last season's Senior Academy runners up, a week later. However, three weeks ago they lost 24-14 at Warrington. It sets the game up tomorrow for a tight contest so why not get along and support the lads. The team in full is: 1. James Endersby, 2. Danny Williams, 3. Nathan McAvoy, 4. Ashley Gibson, 5. Peter Fox, 6. Luke Gale, 7. Jordan Tansey, 8. Luke Burgess, 9. Jamie I'Anson, 10. Dave Tootill, 11. Chris Buttery, 12. Jason Hart, 13. Carl Ablett. Replacements: 14. Liam Halliday, 15. Steve Brook, 16. Michael Brown, 17. Ayden Faal. Next weeks Senior Academy fixture against Harlequins RL has been brought forward 24 hours from Sunday 26th March to Saturday 25th March, prior to the Super League game between the two sides. The venue is not yet confirmed by Harlequins but kick off is 2.30pm so fans could be able to make both games if they are down in the capital for the day. A full fixture list can be found by simply clicking here
Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott praised his players after they responded to a second half blitz from Catalans Dragons to fightback and secure the win that takes them top of the First Utility Super League.
Rhinos forward Stevie Ward admitted the Rhinos back to back wins over Wigan and Catalans have provided the team with a perfect springboard to go into the two derby games over Easter against Castleford and Wakefield.