Leeds Rhinos Preview

Leeds Rhinos Preview

Everything you need to know for Friday’s Super League game against Leeds Rhinos at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

The Brief

Wigan Warriors travel to West Yorkshire on Friday night to face Leeds Rhinos at Emerald Headingley Stadium (7:45pm kick-off).

The two sides have already met in 2019, as Adrian Lam’s side were 34-16 victors back in February.

In the Betfred Super League standings, the Warriors sit two place above Leeds in eighth, but the outcome of Friday’s game could change all that.

A win for Wigan in their first game at Leeds’ transformed Emerald Headingley Stadium could see the Cherry and Whites move up to sixth and two points off the top five - depending on other results and points difference.

However, a triumph for the Rhinos would see them move on to 14 points - the same as Friday’s opponents.

Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Can Leeds climb further away from threatened relegation or will the Warriors build more momentum after last week’s victory at Hull KR?

Team News

Zak Hardaker misses out of the 19-man squad this week due to a hamstring injury sustained against Hull KR last Sunday. Ben Flower also misses out due to a back injury picked up in the same game.

Liam Byrne, Morgan Escare, Romain Navarrete and Jarrod Sammut all return to the 19.

Tom Davies (ankle) and Dom Manfredi (knee) remain the only two players out with long-term injuries.

Here is Wigan’s 19-man squad:

The Opposition

It has been a turbulent season so far for Leeds, as they sit in tenth place in the Betfred Super League with six wins from 17 games.

The Rhinos sacked former Wigan player David Furner in May following ten defeats from his 14 league games in charge.

Leeds appointed Richard Agar as Interim Head Coach, but just four days after dismissing Furner, the Rhinos were dumped out of the Coral Challenge Cup in a shock defeat to Bradford Bulls.

Richard Agar has won two of his four games in charge so far.

But, after two consecutive wins against London Broncos and Wakefield Trinity in the league, Leeds have renewed hope and confidence for the rest of 2019.

And another victory this weekend would see Leeds move four points ahead of rock-bottom London - depending on other results.

In team news, Leeds make one change to last week’s 19-man squad as Wellington Albert replaces Ashton Golding.

Here is Leeds’ 19-man squad:

Did You Know?

Joe Burgess needs three tries to reach 100 for Wigan.

The winger has made 103 appearances for the Club between the year 2013-2015 and 2017-2019.

Last Sunday against Hull KR, Burgess crossed over for his 97th try in Warriors colours:

Previous Meetings

Wigan have won the last three meetings with Leeds, including the 34-16 victory in Round 2 at the DW Stadium in February.

Joe Bullock is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his first try for the Club against Leeds.

The last time the sides met at Emerald Headingley Stadium was un April last year, as the Warriors came out on top with an 8-9 win, thanks to a Sam Tomkins drop goal.

The Cherry and Whites have triumphed six times against Leeds in the last ten meetings, with the Rhinos’ last win against Wigan coming in August 2017.

Overall in Super League, there have been 73 meetings between Leeds and Wigan. The Warriors have won 40 head-to-heads with the Rhinos, including the 1998 Grand Final. Leeds have triumphed 29 times against Wigan in the league and there has also been four draws.

Form Guide

Leeds’ last five games (all competitions):

  • Salford Red Devils 28-16 Leeds Rhinos, SLR14, AJ Bell Stadium, 3rd May 2019
  • Bradford Bulls 24-22 Leeds Rhinos, CCR6, Odsal Stadium, 11th May 2019
  • Leeds Rhinos 8-30 Castleford Tigers, SLR15, Emerald Headingley Stadium, 16th May 2019
  • Leeds Rhinos 24-22 London Broncos, SLR16 (Magic Weekend), Anfield, 26th May 2019
  • Wakefield Trinity 0-10 Leeds Rhinos, SLR17, Mobile Rocket Stadium, 7th June 2019
Leeds’ Richie Myler celebrates his side’s win over Wakefield last week.

Wigan’s last five games (all competitions):

  • Wigan Warriors 18-8 London Broncos, SLR14, DW Stadium, 2nd May 2019
  • Warrington Wolves 26-24 Wigan Warriors, CCR6, Halliwell Jones Stadium, 12th May 2019
  • Catalans Dragons 33-16 Wigan Warriors, SLR15, Camp Nou, 18th May 2019
  • Wigan Warriors 14-26 Warrington Wolves, SLR16 (Magic Weekend), Anfield, 25th May 2019
  • Hull KR 18-19 Wigan Warriors, SLR17, KCOM Craven Park, 9th June 2019
Sam Powell congratulates George Williams on his try against Hull KR last Sunday.

The Stats

Dan Sarginson needs one appearances to reach 150 in Super League.

The centre has played 104 games for Wigan (2014-2016, 2018-2019) and 44 games for London Broncos/Harlequins (2011-2013).

Sarginson has made 14 appearances this season.

Morgan Escare needs one appearance to reach 150 for his career.

The Frenchman has played 47 times for Wigan (2017-2019), 91 for Catalans Dragons (2013-2016) and 11 for France (2013, 2015, 2018).

Escare has scored 14 tries in a Wigan shirt.

Coach Quotes

Reflecting on last week’s win at Hull KR, Adrian Lam said: “We ended up getting the victory with a miracle field goal, and sometimes you just need the two points and that’s what we went there to do.

“As a team, we had Liam Farrell back and it felt like a good opportunity to reboot our season. The performance wasn’t ideal, but we got the two points.”

With Leeds, Huddersfield Giants, Salford Red Devils and Hull KR as the Warriors’ next four opponents, the Head Coach explained how important it is to create momentum off the back of last week’s result.

“A couple of teams had good wins; Leeds won, and London won, but that’s not what is inspiring us at the moment. We just want to play well as a group and identify areas that we can improve on.

“The attitude before the game last week was completely different, and that was a really positive sign for us. So, if we can take it forward into the next games, we will be ok.”

“I don’t think Wigan have had a good run at Headingley in recent years, but it is a really important performance for us.”

Lam also gave an update on the injuries within the squad ahead of Friday’s game.

“There is no (Zak) Hardaker this week – he’s going to miss one or two weeks. There is still no Joe Greenwood or Ben Flower.

“We will obviously bring in some players that can get the job done for us.”

Click HERE to read Lam’s full match preview.

Match Officials

The man in the middle for Friday’s game is Chris Kendall. The Touch Judges are Marcus Griffiths & Jonathan Roberts. Ben Thaler is the Video Referee.

Chris Kendall.

Tickets

Prices

  • Adults: £24
  • Over 65s: £16
  • U21s: £16
  • Students: £16
  • U17s: £12

Junior Season Ticket holders and Under-5s can claim a free ticket in advance of the game by either visiting the Ticket Office or calling on 01942 311111. Under-5s and Free Junior STH tickets cannot be purchased online.

Disabled Tickets

Ambulant disabled tickets are priced at £16 each, with a carer ticket issued Free of Charge.

For Wheelchair tickets, please contact Leeds directly on 0113 203 3228.

How to Buy

To purchase your tickets for this Betfred Super League clash, visit the DW Stadium ticket office in person or call 01942 311111.

Off-sale dates

  • Phones and in person – 12pm on Friday 14th June

Pay on the gate

Not got a ticket yet? Matchday tickets can be purchased via the Kirkstall Lane Cash Turnstiles.

Western Terrace Stand.

Travel

Coach travel is also available for away fans. Please contact the DW Stadium ticket office for more information by calling 01942 311111.

How to Follow

You can follow every piece of the action on our social media channels and website.

Wigan TV

Highlights will be on Wigan TV within two hours after the game and extended highlights 24 hours later. There will also be post-match interviews available, giving Warriors fans comprehensive coverage that you’ll not find anywhere else.

Sign up to today by clicking HERE.

Other fixtures

  • Friday 14th June: St Helens vs Huddersfield Giants (7:45pm)
  • Saturday 15th June: Hull KR vs Warrington Wolves (3:00pm)
  • Saturday 15th June: Catalans Dragons vs London Broncos (5:00pm)
  • Sunday 16th June: Salford Red Devils vs Wakefield Trinity (3:00pm)

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