The all-important Super 8s rears its head again following the week’s break in the Capital.
All eight clubs prepare for battle for the fourth time as the race for Old Trafford reaches the final month!
Check out the possibilities of week four and find out whether your club will tighten their grip towards the “Theatre of Dreams” and who will fall away ever so slightly!
Leeds Rhinos Vs Hull FC
Fresh from the Challenge Cup Final week sees Hull FC travel to old enemies Leeds Rhinos.
The Rhinos bring back Ashton Golding, whereas the Airlie Birds make several changes following their Cup final win against Wigan.
Mark Minichiello, Liam Watts and Josh Griffin sit the game out, with youngsters Brad Fash, Jack Downs and Jansin Turgut coming in.
This has the potential to be a classic between the two rivals as the Rhinos seek revenge for their Cup semi-final defeat, whereas Hull attempt to lay another ghost to rest by winning at Headingley for the first time in a decade!
Leeds also have a top four place to mathematically seal but doing it without their flamboyant South Stand support may hinder them.
For Hull, there’s the ‘Cup hangover’ factor that is against them even though they promise this time around they won’t collapse.
Looking at personal, the Rhinos have retained more of their squad from last time out so transition is not an issue.
Danny McGuire and Joel Moon need to step up at half-back though; McGuire with his leadership and kicking game can provide Leeds with guidance, as can Moon’s side-stepping and attacking prowess.
Leeds are also powerful in the back line as well as up front and this is what has kept them at the right end of the table throughout this season.
When you have Kallum Watkins and Ryan Hall out wide, with Adam Cuthbertson and Brad Singleton up front, you know Leeds will make plenty of yards and this is what Hull have to be careful of.
But no writing the Black and Whites off yet, even though plenty of critics did in their Cup run as they will be desperate to avoid another defeat against their bogey team.
They still have Albert Kelly, unsung hero Marc Sneyd and the World class Gareth Ellis to lead by example.
All of whom will be pivotal in the clash, as will Scott Taylor and Sika Manu up front for sheer strength to match that of the Rhinos.
Both clubs look evenly matched for quality as well as have their disadvantages as aforementioned.
But the hangover factor comes into the works too much here and Hull will slip up.
They provide a fierce challenge but the transition in their squad, the heroics of last week and given the very short turn around, they will be undone here.
That and Leeds’ will to win to try and regain their Super League title and where better to do it than in front of their home crowd, despite the changes aesthetically.