The Rhinos are without Rob Burrow, the latest victim of the Red Hall anti-Rhinos conspiracy which has seen suspension after suspension
throughout 2011. The absence of the pocket rocket will surely open the door for our man Paul McShane to get back into the seventeen after
missing out on last weeks trip to the DW Stadium. Weller Hauraki is now back from suspension but may not figure in the plans of the
increasingly embattled Brian McDermott.
Jay Pitts is also in the ninteen that travel to France but Zak Hardaker misses out after picking up an ankle knock in the defeat at Wigan.
The nineteen that we'll be depending on are; Webb, Hall, Delaney, Smith, McGuire, Leuluai, Buderus, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett,
Sinfield, Lauiti'iti, Bailey, Kirke, Hauraki, Clarkson, Pitts, Jones-Bishop, and McShane.
The home side are also without a player through suspension and that is David Ferriol who missed most of the second half last week following
dismissal at Bradford.
Coach Robinson appears to be doing something very right with his side and he names a nineteen of; Greenshields, Blanch, Dureau, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Raguin, Mounis, Baile, Gossard, Millard, Vaccari, Simon, Fakir, Paea, Baitieri, Pelissier, Marginet, and Ancely. A good mix of French and antipodeans.
Three Dragons to keep an eye on;
Leeds ended up with a comfortable 30-06 win at Headingley earlier in
the season thanks to a Hardaker brace, but it wasn't without a struggle. The Dragons have definitely improved their game since then with a
notable scalp in the form of Wigan.
Leeds won both fixtures comfortably last season with a 52-6 win at
Headingley following a 34-24 win in Perpignan earlier in the
The Dragonsdo have a couple of victories (in twelve meetings), the most recent
being in France in June 2009 when they beat us 32-30.
At the time of writing this game sees fifth take on sixth in what should be an absolute corker in the south of France.
The Rhinos are due a win and if we can put in a performance like we did last weekend then we can surely overcome the Dragons and get within
two points of their fifth spot. I wish I was going to support the lads but on this occasion I can't make it.
The weather in France looks considerably better than
it does in Leeds with temperatures in the high twenties and absolutely no chance of any rain. At least it means that those of us stuck back
in the UK watching the game on SKY shouldn't have disrupted pictures like the time that SKY covered a game in Perpignan in a