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Leeds Rhinos v Hull KR Preview
The Leeds Rhinos welcome Hull Kingston Rovers, perhaps better known simply as Hull KR, to the impressive new look Headingley Stadium for this West v East Yorkshire Derby.
Both of these 2 sides have lots of talent in their squads but for one reason of another, they have lacked that extra something you need to be a successful club in the Super League.
With the competitive nature of the Super League, belief, confidence and a long run without injuries can be just as important as having the best players in the league but over the past few years, these 2 sides just haven’t managed to put long runs of good form and wins together.
That puts you in the mix for been a mid-table side where a poor run can see you battling relegation or a good run can put you in the play-off mix and that is what makes this game so important as picking up points against those other teams in similar situations can really make or break a team’s season.
The Leeds Rhinos have played just the 1 game this season where they lost heavily at home to Hull FC whilst Hull KR have played 2 matches. After defeating Wakefield, they lost in the Hull Derby last time out but they gained a lot of plaudits for their performance in a fantastic match.
The Rhinos name the same squad that was due to face the Giants last time out.
Hull KR make 2 changes to their derby day squad with Joe Keyes and Matt Parcell replacing Adam Quinlan and Mitch Garbutt, who are both injured.
Leeds’ Headingley Stadium is one of the most historic and iconic grounds in the competition but it is also one of the most modern.
Known for having one of the loudest fanbases and for having the biggest match day attendances in the league, Leeds matches at Headingley are always great occasions but that steps up when a team heads to Headingley with a big following and more often than not that is the case when the Robins are in town.
With a big crowd and lots of vocal support for both sides coupled with lots of quality and 2 teams going all out for the win, we have all we need for a great game and one that should be exciting from start to finish.
Leeds Rhinos v Hull KR Prediction
Here at RLBet, we give out predict for who we think will win and also what we think the winning margin will be but don’t forget that the unpredictable nature of the Super League, this should only be seen as our view.
Whilst the Rhinos certainly have the quality to take on and defeat the Robins, they showed in round 1 that they don’t yet have the belief and that never say die attitude to defend well enough to keep themselves in games.
The Robins have put in two strong performances this season and if they can back it up, they will likely have too much for the at time toothless Rhinos.
As a former Rhinos head coach, Tony Smith will also be targeting this game for the win and with the Robins have a few ex Rhinos in their squad, they should be just as motivated for this one as they were last time out and that should give them the edge.
With that said, if things click for the Rhinos and they show there true potential, they could easily come away with a win in what is set to be a fascinating match up at Headingley.
Score Prediction Hull KR by 6