LAUITIITI AND POCHING OUT TO IMPRESS

The Rhinos pair of Ali Lauitiiti and Willie Poching will have double reasons to impress in Friday night’s clash at Bradford with Kiwi coach Brian McClennan in the crowd.

The Rhinos pair of Ali Lauitiiti and Willie Poching will have double reasons to impress in Friday night’s clash at Bradford with Kiwi coach Brian McClennan in the crowd. New Zealand coach Brian McClennan will run the rule over 15 candidates for next month’s XXXX Test against Great Britain during his whistle-stop tour of Super League this week. McClennan is taking in matches at Bradford, Wigan and Warrington as he assesses prospects for the clash with Brian Noble’s Lions at St Helens on June 27. The Kiwis squad will be chosen almost exclusively from Super League-based players. The Kiwis were brought back down to earth in the Anzac Test and that, according to McClennan, has given the St Helens game added importance as he looks ahead to the end-of-season Tri-Nations Series Down Under and the 2008 World Cup. "We went into the Anzac Test pretty confident we could put up a good showing," he said. "But Australia turned around once again and showed how powerful they are and that’s why this match here has taken on so much more significance to us. "We know we have to get everything right if we are to go on and win the Tri-Series. "I guess it was a reality check. I don’t know if we handled the intensity of the whole match as well as we should have. "But I’m glad it happened because I know we need to improve on a lot of things we did last year and we will. This match at Knowsley Road is a step towards that."