Opposition Profile – Hull KR
Only two points separate Leeds Rhinos from Hull KR in the Betfred Super League table but that margin could change when both sides clash tomorrow night at Emerald Headingley Stadium, kick off 7:45pm.
Leeds’ win against Castleford last week pushed Richard Agar’s side into ninth place in the table and a win against the Rovers would see them go level on points with Wakefield and Salford. A win for the Robins on the other hand would draw Tony Smith’s side level on points with the Rhinos.
With the Sky Sports camera’s set up for this fixture, here is an insight into Tony Smith’s side.
Throughout this season, Hull KR have been struggling at the bottom of the Super League table with only seven wins in 21 league matches so far. Whilst producing some shock wins, including a 16-14 against Warrington last month, Tony Smith’s side have also fallen to surprise defeats, notably the 26-24 loss to London Broncos.
Pre-season recruitment saw 14 players leave the club and only six players arrive ahead of 2019. Centre Kane Linnett and half back Josh Drinkwater have proved worthy purchases, with Linnett scoring five tries in 19 appearances. The Rovers have also picked up youngsters Luis Johnson and Harvey Livett from Warrington on loan to bolster their ranks for the remainder of the season.
Last weeks 52-10 beating against Wigan saw Hull KR remain level on points with London Broncos at the bottom of the table. Only two tries from electric full back Adam Quinlan gave the Rovers fans something to cheer about as Wigan ran in over 50 points at the DW Stadium.
Over the last eleven years, the Rhinos have been dominant against the visiting Robins. In the first Super League meeting between the two sides in 2007, it would take a late Danny McGuire try for Leeds to seal a 34-18 win. From 2007 to 2012, the Robins only won one league match at Emerald Headingley (2010) as the Rhinos proved too clinical in front of their home crowd.
In 2014, the east coast side were restricted to a single try as Leeds won a ninth home game that season. Rob Burrow became Super League’s eighth highest try scorer, with the number seven crossing twice in the 30-6 win.
Following Hull KR’s relegation to the Championship for the 2017 season, last year saw the two sides face off at Elland Road for Danny McGuire’s first meeting against his former club. A hat trick from Jimmy Keinhorst helped the Rhinos to a 20-11 victory prior to their World Club Challenge date with Melbourne Storm.
Last Ten Meetings at Emerald Headingley
*Held at Elland Road
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Record Against the Rhinos
Since entering the Super League for the first time in 2007, Hull KR have only four wins at Emerald Headingley. Their first win came in 2010, taking advantage of an injury stricken Leeds lineup to win 17-10. Their biggest win came in 2016, with former Rhino Shaun Lunt crossing twice in the 30-10 win.
Leeds though have the superior record on home soil, with ten wins at Emerald Headingley. Ryan Hall scored a hat trick in 2011 as the Rhinos registered a 44-14 win over the Rovers (their largest score against the East Hull side in Super League). Prior to that, Leeds were unbeaten from 2007 to 2009, scoring over 70 points in the three matches.
Recently, both sides have won a Qualifiers match at Emerald Headingley. Two tries from hooker James Segeyaro ensured that Leeds stayed top of the Middle 8s table in 2016 but the Rovers avenged that result last year, edging through with a 38-36 win.
In the News
Danny McGuire will mark his 400th Super League appearance against his former club. The half back made 370 Super League appearances for the Rhinos before moving to Hull KR in 2018.
Another former Rhino Weller Hauraki will also mark Friday’s game with a milestone. He will make his 200th appearance having played for six different clubs between 2010 and 2019.
Try Assists: 12
Attacking Kicks: 112
Clean Breaks: 25
Missed Tackles: 51
Last Time Out
After suffering a 45-26 loss at Craven Park, the Rhinos ended the Easter period with a win against the Robins at Emerald Headingley. A double from Ash Handley, plus other tries from Tom Briscoe and Jack Walker gave Leeds a 22-0 lead at half time. Despite a comeback from the visitors, Matt Parcell scored to seal a 28-24 win.
Tony Smith names an unchanged squad from the defeat against Wigan Warriors. Despite picking up injuries at the DW Stadium, Danny McGuire is set to make his final Headingley appearance whilst key play maker Adam Quinlan is also named for the clash.
Six former Rhinos players are named by Smith. Besides McGuire, Mitch Garbutt, Jimmy Keinhorst, Weller Hauraki, Robbie Mulhern and loanee Matt Parcell are in line to return to Emerald Headingley.
Secure your seats for Friday’s double header, with the Emergency Services Cup taking place prior to kick off. Tickets for the double header are on sale now starting from £12 for juniors, £16 for concessions and from £24 for adults. Buy before midnight on Thursday to save £3 on match day prices.
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