HEADINGLEY INSIGHT

In this weeks edition of Headingley Insight Tony Smith looks ahead to the Rhinos trip to Widnes Vikings this Sunday, kick off 3pm.

In this weeks edition of Headingley Insight Tony Smith looks ahead to the Rhinos trip to Widnes Vikings this Sunday, kick off 3pm. WHAT HAVE PREPARATIONS BEEN LIKE FOR THIS SUNDAY'S GAME? Obviously last weekend we had no game which has meant that since the Wigan match we have been focused on Sunday's game, we all would have preferred that was not the case but we have used the time well and managed the players after the opening couple of weeks of Super League, to give them rest and recovery from any niggles they may have picked up. We have had a good look at the Wigan match and the first half especially was really pleasing, particularly the way we stuck to our game plan and implemented what we had done in training, that brought with it rewards which hopefully we can continue this week. HOW BIG A DANGER DO YOU SEE WIDNES? I think Widnes will be a big threat especially with the game being at home and they have a good record against Leeds in recent years. They have had a difficult start to the season but they have played some of the form teams which always means a tough opening couple of weeks. We have watched their game against St Helens in the last round and they really fronted up that day and pushed Saints all the way so there is no question of us going into this game underestimating what they can do. They have some dangerous players who can win the game for them if we are not at our best. They are a very determined team and you could see how desperate they were for a win against St Helens, we have to make sure that we aware of that. HAVE YOU MADE MANY CHANGES TO THE TEAM THIS WEEK? Chris Feather will come in for Danny Ward in the front row and I think he deserves a chance to start a game. He's now in his second season at the Rhinos and this will be his first start and I know he is really keen to do well. It is a great opportunity for him to show what he can do and I am sure he will do well. Barrie McDermott has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the Wigan game and comes in for Wayne McDonald on the bench and Liam Botham is eighteenth man. Liam has impressed the coaching staff so far this season in the Senior Academy and he is not far off selection for the first team, he was unlucky to miss out for Sunday.