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Centurions Prepare for the Rhinos Invasion
Posted by southstander on March 30 2006 - 21:13:29

No Chance?

By Matthew Horton

The Rhinos will attempt to go one better than 2005 as they set off on the road for Wembley/Twickenham/Murrayfield* as they enter into the 2006 Powergen Challenge Cup with a trip to Hilton Park and National League One opposition in the shape of Leigh Centurions.

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After the comfortable victory in TW7 last weekend the Rhinos hit the road again and after no trips to Hilton Park for many a year this will be the third inside 12 months. Leigh were members of engage Super League last season but were crushed at Hilton Park 60-4 in May and 74-0 in August by the Rhinos. Leeds have announced a 20 man squad for this fixture already and Tony Smith has suggested that Ashley Gibson, who got 22 points on debut against Leigh last season, will be in the run on side. Otherwise its as you were for the Rhinos as Tony Smith keeps his strongest 17 more or less on the paddock. Still not returns for Jamie Jones-Buchanan or Mark O'Neill and Carl Ablett drops out of the 20 to make way for the inclusion of Gibson. I'd expect Nathan McAvoy and Nick Scruton to be left out of the initial 20.

The Rhinos 20 man squad is Mathers, Donald, Walker, Senior, Smith, McGuire, Burrow, Bailey, Diskin, Peacock, Lauitiiti, Ellis, Sinfield, Millard, Poching, Feather, Scruton, Kirke, McAvoy, Gibson.

Leigh are adapting to life outside engage Super League and have yet to start their LHF National League One campaign, but they have had the Northern Rail cup to keep them busy. They qualified as group winners, with two victories over Widnes Vikings in that, before a shock 18-14 loss to Swinton Lions at Hilton Park last Sunday when many observers noted they had one eye on the game this weekend. Leigh qualified for this stage of the competition with a 80-0 victory of the Russian side Strela Kazan in round 3. With new coach Tony Benson in place its a much changed Leigh side as well from last season, Jonathan "Dana" Wilson, Tere Glassie, Damien Munro and Ricky Bibey joining from Oldham, Rob "Two Bobs" Roberts and Jules O'Neil and Adam Hughes moving from Widnes Vikings. A player to watch out for the home side is Aaron Heremaia, a half back from the Sydney Roosters, who according to sources has big things in front of him.

Three to watch;

Tere Glassie

Aaron Heremaia

Two Bobs

No disrespect to Leigh, but I hope they manage to make some money on the day as I can't see them troubling a Rhinos side that is in rampant form at the moment.

Matt's Prediction
Leigh 06 58 Rhinos

Its a traditional 3pm Sunday kick off, but bring an umbrella as there is some light drizzle forecast and the away end is unfortunately uncovered. The draw for the 5th Round of the Powergen Challenge cup is die to take place on Look North on Tuesday 4th April between 6.40pm and 6.50pm.



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