St Helens vs Leeds Rhinos Preview

SUPER LEAGUE – ROUND: 1 – TOTALLY WICKED STADIUM
THU 9TH FEB 2017
KO: 20:00

A new year brings new hope to two of the most decorated sides in Super League with both  aiming to be there at the end of the season to take Wigans Crown.

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As the Saints and Rhinos share the honour of launching the 2017 Betfred Super League season on Thursday night their respective fan bases wrestle with the strongest emotions associated with Round 1.

The Saints will be without their big name signing, Matty Smith, after he broke his leg in a friendly match against Widnes Vikings. But, the Saints will debut two handy additions to their squad Thursday night, in Ex-NRL players Luke Douglas and Ryan Morgan.

For Leeds, they will be happy to get the season under the way and put their off-season ‘saga’ with James Segeyaro behind them. Leeds signed young Manly Hooker Matt Parcell on a 3-year deal and has already showed his skills in Leeds friendly matches, scoring a 40m try in his debut match for the club.


KEY MATCH-UPS
Jonathan Lomax vs Ash Golding

444 Leeds Rhinos Media Day 2017

Two exciting fullbacks will go at it Thursday night and with the round 1 rust still on a lot of the players, expect these two attacking weapons to wreak havoc and take advantage of this.

Last time the two Super League Giants met, it was Lomax he made his long awaited return from a knee injury, who was the difference, scoring two tries to seal the 38-34 victory.

Theo Fages vs Danny McGuire

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Young vs the old.

22-year Fages will be required to lead from the front with the loss of Matty Smith and will come up against 34-year old and 395 veteran Danny McGuire.

This will be an intriguing battle, will youth prevail or will the veteran show off some old tricks to get Leeds over the line?


LAST TIME THEY MET


WHO WILL WIN

Confidently predicting an outcome in this one is fraught with danger

Battle-hardened forwards and backlines with pace to burn; it’s a cracking way to kick off the 2017 Betfred Season and it’s unlikely to be decided until the dying stages. Saints by four points.