Headingley Carnegie Insight

In this weeks edition of Headingley Carnegie Insight Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McClennan looks ahead to his side’s game at Celtic Crusaders this Saturday, kick off 6pm.

HOW HAVE PREPARATIONS GONE THIS WEEK?

We have had an eight day turn around this week which has helped our preparations and everyone is looking forward to the trip down to Newport. Unfortunately, Carl Ablett will be missing this week with the ankle injury he picked up against Castleford however we are pleased to welcome back Ryan Bailey into the squad. Ian Kirke and Paul McShane are now not far away from coming back into contention either so the squad is in good shape.

WHAT HAVE YOU MADE OF THE PROBLEMS AT THE CRUSADERS THIS WEEK?

We know from our own experience that the visa issue is a complicated process. The timing is difficult for them with just three games remaining in the season but I am sure John Dixon will turn it into a positive and see it as an opportunity to give some of their young Welsh players the chance to impress. That will make them highly motivated and enthusiastic and we must make sure that we can match that on Saturday night.

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR SIDE’S FORM AT PRESENT?

The win last week over Castleford certainly put a smile on everyone’s face. We had spoken about our run to the Play Offs starting last week and that was a great way to kick it off. We will be focusing on Celtic this week and then we have another weekend without a game next week although we will be training through that in preparation for our game against St Helens.
The race for top spot is back on as well and whilst top two is the most important thing in the new top eight system, we would like to finish top if we can because people say that is the most consistent team over the season. We finished one point behind St Helens last year so it would be nice to overturn that if we can.