Bailey replaces Ablett in 19 man squad

Ryan Bailey has been named in Brian McClennan’s 19 man squad for the trip to Celtic Crusaders for the first time since the home win over Bradford in June.

Ryan Bailey has been named in Brian McClennan’s 19 man squad for the trip to Celtic Crusaders for the first time since the home win over Bradford in June.

Bailey has been sidelined by a leg injury but could not make a return this weekend for the game in Newport. He replaces Carl Ablett who suffered an ankle injury in the closing minutes of last Friday’s massive win over Castleford Tigers.

Leeds Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield needs just three successful kicks to become only the second player to land 1,000 goals for Leeds. The only other player to have passed 1,000 goals for the club was Lewis Jones, who is stil the club’s record goal scorer of all time with 1,244.

Last weekend, Sinfield passed the 1,000 mark in his career for club and country with ten goals against Castleford and now he is set to reach the sale milestone for the Rhinos.

Sinfield is also the top goal kicker in the engage Super League this season with 97, including one drop goal. Sinfield headed the goals charts in all matches with 155 in 2004 and 152 in 2007.

Sinfield made his debut for Leeds as a substitute in a 22-24 Super League home defeat against Sheffield Eagles on 22 August 1997. He made eight substitute appearances before making his first start, at loose forward in a 38-12 Super League home defeat of London Broncos on 5 April 1999. 

Ryan Hall’s five tries last week against Castleford have him on course to finish the season as the top try scorer in the competition and in so doing, become the first Leeds player to achieve that accolade since John Atkinson achieved the feat in 1972-73 when he grabbed 39 touchdowns. That was the third time in four season Atky had been the most productive, the year he missed out Leeds’ Bob Haigh set a world record of 40 touchdowns for a forward – later beaten by Ellery Hanley in his third season here in 1994-95 – a total he shared with St Helens winger Les Jones. Atkinson too was a joint-top scorer in 1971-72, with Bradford winger Mike Lamb, who was a PE teacher at Leeds Grammar School and had come through the junior ranks at Headingley Carnegie before being released to make his name at Odsal, playing at Wembley. 

Only two other Leeds players have topped the try charts, the inimitable Eric Harris who did so five times in his eight seasons here from 1930-38 including twice breaking the club tries in a season total with 58 in his debut year and 63 in 1935-6, which included one at Wembley. 

The other top poacher was Welshman W. Evans who was signed from Leeds Parish Church when they disbanded and crossed 27 times in 1902-03. 

Twice in the Super League era Leeds players have finished joint top try scorers but were deemed to be runners up by virtue of the touchdowns they posted in the play offs. 

In 2004, Danny McGuire and Lesley Vainikolo both found the whitewash 38 times, McGuire’s last of the season the winner in the Grand Final against his rival’s men, while in 2007 Brent Webb shared the honour with Paul Wellens with 24, again the Leeds custodian scoring the last of his post-season efforts at Old Trafford, against his challengers side. 

With 25 tries in Super League Hall is eight clear of his nearest rival, Wigan’s Pat Richards, with three games to play.
 
The squad in full is:

1. Brent Webb
2. Scott Donald
3. Lee Smith
4. Keith Senior
5. Ryan Hall
6. Danny McGuire
7. Rob Burrow
8. Kylie Leuluai
10. Jamie Peacock
11. Jamie Jones Buchanan
12. Ali Lauitiiti
13. Kevin Sinfield
14. Matt Diskin
16. Ryan Bailey
19. Luke Burgess
21. Simon Worrall
23. Kallum Watkins
27. Dane Manning
29. Michael Ratu