Leeds Rhinos Vs Hull Kingston Rovers
One of the historic games sees Leeds Rhinos take on Hull Kingston Rovers in the first ever Super League clash at Elland Road.
Leeds will wish to back up their win of last week plus honour the patience from their fans as Emerald Headingley stadium nears completion, thus giving the Robins it all to do following their disappointment against Wakefield.
Joel Moon Vs Danny McGuire
Big surprise right? The main focus is Joel Moon and his much more famous successor Danny McGuire.
Moon adapted to the role last season and did a decent job at Warrington last week so he can be counted on.
But McGuire is KR’s main man, as he was for Leeds, and with all his records behind him, will want to get KR up and running against his former club.
Different style of players, Moon with his side-stepping and speed, McGuire with his kicking and leadership in what could be a highly entertaining game between both sides.
Matt Parcell Vs Shaun Lunt
A battle now that could be just as important as Man of Steel contender Matt Parcell is up against 2017 Championship Player of the Year Shaun Lunt.
Funnily enough, once again, sees another successor against a predecessor so plenty to talk about.
Parcell took Super League by storm by filling in the role at hooker quite nicely and can dictate any game as he pleases.
But as can Lunt as he lead the Robins back to Super League but an improvement is needed on last week respectively.
Adam Cuthbertson Vs Mose Masoe
Now the big guns as former Man of Steel contender Adam Cuthbertson lines up against NRL exile Mose Masoe.
Cuthbertson was rather quiet last week with only 70 metres made but his defence remained impressive with 41 tackles, so he will be their main man up front.
Masoe might not have enjoyed as good form but is still the one in focus as the Robins have pinned a lot on him to improve their pack.
Potentially an interesting battle as both possess plenty of power and size, the question is how they will utilise it rather than if.
The Rhinos will be red hot favourites of course but they should be careful as our beautiful sport is easily capable of a ‘banana skin’ threat that the Robins pose here.
Going by their strengths, Moon should lead by example, along with Parcell, as both easily click with others around them.
Should Richie Myler improve and gain some of his previous form then you have yourself a dangerous combination of pivots.
But Leeds can atone for such uncertainty in their three-quarters. Ryan Hall, Kallum Watkins, Tom Briscoe and Liam Sutcliffe will be difficult to handle.
Most of which have been international, having plenty of speed, power and intelligence amongst them will make life hard for the visitors.
As will the likes of Brad Singleton, Anthony Mullally, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett and of course Stevie Ward to add to Cuthbertson.
They look the more settled and experienced squad and should find their rhythm in front of what should be a vocal Elland Road crowd.
The possibility of shock win for KR is bleak but don’t count them out just yet.
McGuire has caused plenty of problems throughout his career for Leeds and playing now against his former club may give him the incentive to get KR up and running.
Chris Atkin and Matty Marsh are promising, and given some more, can become dangerous themselves.
Then of course a threatening back line in Andrew Heffernan, Ryan Shaw, Thomas Minns and Carney.
Plus their forwards in Chris Clarkson, James Greenwood, Maurice Blair and Adam Walne.
But they have taken a huge risk of not making further signings as their depth isn’t too great.
That coupled with lack of confidence from last week perhaps, the Robins are at a disadvantage in every way.
Hence why Leeds are favourites and should continue their winning run that stretches back to last season alive.
The best KR can hope for is as much resistance as possible, but they will falter and are in for a long night against the reigning champions.