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World Club Challenge: Leeds Rhinos v Melbourne Storm

Who will win?   43 members have voted

  1. 1. Who will win?

    • Leeds Rhinos by 13 points or more
      1
    • Leeds Rhinos by 7 to 12 points
      4
    • Leeds Rhinos by 1 - 6 points
      11
    • Melbourne Storm by 1 - 6 points
      1
    • Melbourne Storm by 7 to 12 points
      13
    • Melbourne Storm by 13 points or more
      13

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Friday 22nd February 2013, KO 8pm (Sky Sports)

Leeds Rhinos v Melbourne Storm

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Melbourne Storm by 13 points or more.

Something in my bones says this won't be a classic.

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It is a one-off game, so either side could win on the day. There isn't really any form for this fixture.

Having said that, Leeds will have to play much better than they did against Salford last Friday. Melbourne will surely punish the mistakes that Salford didn't, so the Rhinos can't afford to make any mistakes. I think the Rhinos can do it and expect them to lift their game, so I'm going for a Leeds win, but not by much.

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I reckon a Leeds win by 6-10 points.

Which doesn't fit with the poll but its what I have just put a bet on for.

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Leeds get 4 start with most on line bookies and if you fancy them to win by between 1 and 10 points you can get 3/1.

I think Melbourne will be too strong for them but you never know with Leeds.

Leeds 10 Melbourne 22.

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Leeds get 4 start with most on line bookies and if you fancy them to win by between 1 and 10 points you can get 3/1.

I think Melbourne will be too strong for them but you never know with Leeds.

Leeds 10 Melbourne 22.

I got 7/1 for Leeds to win between 6-10 points on Skybet.

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It is a one-off game, so either side could win on the day. There isn't really any form for this fixture.

Having said that, Leeds will have to play much better than they did against Salford last Friday. Melbourne will surely punish the mistakes that Salford didn't, so the Rhinos can't afford to make any mistakes. I think the Rhinos can do it and expect them to lift their game, so I'm going for a Leeds win, but not by much.

We've been extremely patchy in regular season games for years, so not reading anything in to the Salford game. It seems the players turn up when they need to so I can only assume it will be a transformed performance this Friday! Which is both frustrating and reassuring in equal measure!

With Hardaker confirmed as missing out, our backline is looking decidedly weaker now. Watkins or Vickery (if fit) to Full Back, the one not at full back to wing, Ablett at Centre. WIll be interesting to see Watkins at FB if he plays there, could be a damaging player chiming into the line and on his kick returns.

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I got 7/1 for Leeds to win between 6-10 points on Skybet.

That's about the same as 3/1 for 1-10.

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Good German connection with Anthony Seibold at Melbourne coaching the U20s and obviously Jimmy Keinhorst at Leeds. Both top blokes who despite being class players and played at the highest level have always been willing to help out and never big headed. As a Melbourne fan I hope the Storm win. The amount doesnt matter. I think most will just want a good game with dry weather with the strongest teams available.

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Melbourne by 10. Leeds probably needed their full strength backline of Hardaker BJB Watkins Moon Hall to have a chance. Ablett offers nothing going forward at centre. Watkins would be interesting at full back although no matter how good we need him at centre for England.

Was going to attend the game due to the atmosphere last year looked and sounded immense, unfortunately wasn't to be but only asking for an entertaining game on Sky and a great advert for RL.

Will be looking to see how Sir Kev goes in this game, he is going up against the majority of Aus 1 6 7 and 9 combination. I think he'll likely be outclassed but not by an Aussie.

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With Hardaker confirmed as missing out, our backline is looking decidedly weaker now. Watkins or Vickery (if fit) to Full Back, the one not at full back to wing, Ablett at Centre. WIll be interesting to see Watkins at FB if he plays there, could be a damaging player chiming into the line and on his kick returns.

What about McGuire at full-back?

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I'm not sure if you like that idea or not.

Kallum Watkins will be at full back.Not that it matters.As we all know, no one cares about the WCC ;)

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Losing Hardaker is a massive blow especially as Jones-Bishop is also absent. Ryan Bailey will be missed also. Storm will win.

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Ryan Bailey will be missed also.

Not by me he won't.

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played mid season anywhere it would be Melbourne by plenty,as it pre season in Aus Leeds by a couple,probably the best player in the world by a drop goal

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Didn't think Cameron Smith could score points for Leeds

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Will be looking to see how Sir Kev goes in this game, he is going up against the majority of Aus 1 6 7 and 9 combination. I think he'll likely be outclassed but not by an Aussie.

:D

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Storm by 24

Our back line is shot to pieces and I fear for us if Keinhorst plays. The kid, by no fault of his own, has been out of his depth against Cas and Salford. Melbourne will kill him. If Vickery miraculously recovers though it will be closer.

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i can see it decending into a farce now that "shoulder charges" are'nt allowed....can see melbourne whinging after every big hit....and leeds having a couple of players sin binned for perfectly good tackles...

gonna have to opt for melbourne to win by a try or 2 now..

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Storm by 24

Our back line is shot to pieces and I fear for us if Keinhorst plays. The kid, by no fault of his own, has been out of his depth against Cas and Salford. Melbourne will kill him. If Vickery miraculously recovers though it will be closer.

Keinhorst is not a winger, though he has played their at Student level. He is better at centre. But Leeds have little choice but to play him on the wing at mo

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