September 11th, 2019

Preview: Leeds v Warrington


Warrington travel to the newly developed Emerald Headingley Stadium on Friday night in the final game of the regular Super League season, 7.45pm.

The Wire are in a battle with Wigan and Salford to finish the season in second place although the Warriors could tie down that position 24 hours earlier should they beat Castleford on Thursday.

Given Warrington’s points difference is 305 greater than Hull FC’s who sit sixth, Warrington’s play-off spot was confirmed in all but name following last Friday’s win over Wakefield.

Should Wigan slip up on Thursday Warrington can capitalise and victory over the Rhinos will secure second spot unless Salford beat Hull KR by a 13-point bigger margin.

A second or third placed finish would ensure two bites at the cherry in the upcoming play-off series, with the loser able to lose their opening game and not be eliminated from the series.

Warrington last faced Leeds in the opening game of the season where Blake Austin shone on his Super League debut as the Wire charged to a comfortable 26-6 win.

The Rhinos have underperformed by their high standards in 2019 and will finish the season in eighth spot.

Full permutations here.

Squad news

Steve Price has made two changes to the match day squad for Friday’s trip. Bennie Westwood and Jack Hughes return in place of Lama Tasi and Harvey Livett.

19-man squad: Sitaleki Akauola, Blake Austin, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Jake Mamo, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Matty Smith, Ben Westwood.

Danger men

Ash Handley leads the try-scoring charts heading into the final round of fixtures.

The winger has crossed on 22 occassions and is battling it out with Salford’s Niall Evalds (22) and St Helens’ Tommy Makinson (20) for top spot.

Handley, who was named in the GB Lions performance squad, has also made the seven biggest number of metres in the league in 2019 and the fifth biggest number of clean breaks.

Jack Walker is one of five players shortlisted for Super League’s Young Player of the Year accolade and is one of the competition’s most exciting upcoming talents.

The full-back has cemented his place in the side this season and crossed for nine tries.

Robert Lui’s mid-season switch from Salford helped boost the Rhinos’ creativity in the middle of the park and the half-back is another one to watch out for on Friday.

Man in the middle

Marcus Griffiths will officiate Friday’s clash.

Ticket information

Tickets remain available from the official club store, by calling 01925 248888 or online.

Supporters can purchase from the club store until 2.30pm on Friday and midnight Thursday. Tickets will be available at Headingley on Friday night with the option of cash turnstiles.

Rivals watch

Wigan v Castleford (Thurs), Salford v Hull KR, Hull FC v St Helens, Wakefield v London, Huddersfield v Catalans (All Fri).

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