12 Feb 2024
Next Up: Salford Red Devils
The Betfred Super League returns this Friday night as Leeds Rhinos and Salford Red Devils look to get their seasons off to a winning start at AMT Headingley Stadium, kick off 8pm.
Head coaches Rohan Smith and Paul Rowley have worked hard with their sides during pre-season but their first test of the regular season takes place under the floodlights and in front of the Sky Sports cameras as Friday night Rugby League returns!
Here's a preview ahead of the fixture:
Leeds and Salford meet in the opening round of the Super League season for the first time since the clubs clashed in 2007, when the Rhinos left The Willows with a 30-26 result. This time around, the Red Devils are looking to bring their off-the-cuff style of play to AMT Headingley which has made Rowley's side one of the most popular teams to watch over the last two years.
Having reached the Super League semi-finals in 2022 in Rowley's first season in charge, Salford aim to bounce back from last year's seventh-place finish that saw them just miss out on a Play-Off berth by two points. Marc Sneyd, Kallum Watkins and Tim Lafai are a handful of names that make the Red Devils tick, plus Ryan Brierley has committed to keeping his talents at the Salford Stadium as he signed a three-year deal in November 2023. The club have also welcomed new faces into the squad as former Rhinos Nene Macdonald and Kai Morgan made the trip over the Pennines, whilst Wigan's Cade Cust and Joe Shorrocks are also among seven arrivals.
On the opposite side of the field, former Salford players Brodie Croft and Andy Ackers line up against their former club, having moved to Leeds during the off-season. They could be two of five potential debutants for Rohan Smith's side in front of a home crowd.
Super League head to head
Previous Super League Meetings at AMT Headingley
Last season, the Red Devils left Headingley with a 22-12 on a tough night at Headingley for the Rhinos. Having fallen twelve points behind early on, Richie Myler’s try on the half time hooter gave the Rhinos hope, but James Bentley was only able to extend the home side’s lead by six points in the second half.
Leeds pulled out all the stops against Play Off contenders Salford as they recorded a 34-14 result at AMT Headingley. Harry Newman, Richie Myler, Ash Handley and two tries from Rhyse Martin got the result for the home side.
Off the back of consecutive losses to Catalans Dragons, the Rhinos returned to home soil to run 38 points passed the Red Devils in a confident outing for Richard Agar's side.
A resounding nine-try performance behind closed doors in 2020 saw Leeds record a 50-12 win at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Ash Handley and Richie Myler made the most damage with three tries each, plus Mikolaj Oledzki, Rob Lui and Luke Gale also found the try line.
In the penultimate game of the 2019 season, the Rhinos lost out 20-12 to Salford as the Red Devils pressed towards a Grand Final appearance. Richie Myler and Jamie Jones-Buchanan were the try scorers for the home side.
Around the League
Here's how the rest of Round One lines up:
Hull FC vs Hull KR - Thursday 15th February - KO 8pm (Sky Sports Main Event and Arena)
Leeds Rhinos vs Salford Red Devils - Friday 16th February - KO 8pm (Sky Sports Main Event and Arena)
Leigh Leopards vs Huddersfield Giants - Friday 16th February - KO 8pm (Sky Sports Mix)
St Helens vs London Broncos - Friday 16th February - KO 8pm (Sky Sports Action)
Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors - Saturday 17th February - KO 5.30pm (Sky Sports Main Event and Arena)
Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves - Saturday 17th February - KO 6.30pm (Sky Sports Arena)
Fans can watch all the action across round one live on Sky Sports on the channels listed above, and the brand new Super League+ platform. Find out more here.
Tickets and more information
The best way to see the Rhinos in action at AMT Headingley in 2024 is to get a match ticket or Rhinos membership!
Ticket prices start at £25 for adults, £20 for concessions and £13 for juniors, with prices rising by £3 on matchdays.
To buy tickets go to tickets.therhinos.co.uk or call the ticket office on 0371 423 1315. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm (excluding Bank Holidays). Tickets also available to purchase from Leeds Rhinos Club Shop at AMT Headingley Stadium (CLICK HERE to check opening hours before travelling).