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28/03/13 - Leeds Rhinos v Bradford Bulls - KO 8pm

Who will win?   18 members have voted

  1. 1. Who will win?

    • Leeds Rhinos
      10
    • Bradford Bulls
      6
    • Draw
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So, we are now 2 games behind everyone else but only 4 points behind the leaders. We come into this game (hopefully) with 13 days rest and more than likely, 17 players wanting to get their hands on the ball. Bradford are playing well in patches this year, but have struggled so far to put any sort of run together. They arent looking bad, but I think they are just missing something. What it is, I cant tell you, but its stopping them being a good team at the moment.

Leeds on the other hand, come off of a good win against Wigan. Our defence, once again won us the game, as it did against St Helens, but I have a feeling things might click in attack for this one. If it does, we could win by a big margin. If we continue to make errors though it could be a close one. I expect us to win though either way, and after 13 days off I would be disappointed if we didnt come out firing.

Leeds by 14

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Referee: P Bentham

Touch Judge: J Cobb

Touch Judge: A Martin

Reserve: T Crashley

Match Commissioner: D Milburn

Video Referee: I Smith

Time Keeper: L Fairbank

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The Bulls will be up for this as usual and Franny will want a good show too.Leeds soon will put on a really good performance,one where most things go right and score a lot of points.A few leeds players have been criticising the new ball saying its the reason they have ben making handling error's.If they rectify that area it could be one of those nights.Leeds by 18

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Bradford squad: James Donaldson, Adam Sidlow, Jamie Langley, Manase Manuokafoa, John Bateman, Brett Kearney, Nick Scruton, Heath L'Estrange, Adrian Purtell, Keith Lulia, Elliott Whitehead, Elliot Kear, Jarrod Sammut, Danny Addy, Tom Olbison, Chev Walker, Matty Blythe, Jamie Foster, Matt Diskin.

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Sorry everyone, but you have been overlooking the irrefutable evidence of "Good Game/Bad Game" that our season has been following. As such, after a loss last week, expect nothing but a Bulls win on Thursday. (Good news for Salford fans on Monday though).

(In actuality, the fact Leeds will have had nearly 2 weeks off will probably end up being the difference in this I feel).

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Leeds squad: Kallum Watkins, Joel Moon, Ryan Hall, Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow, Kylie Leuluai, Paul McShane, Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett, Kevin Sinfield, Stevie Ward, Brett Delaney, Ryan Bailey, Ian Kirke, Chris Clarkson, Mitch Achurch, Richard Moore, Joe Vickery.

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Maybe. The Bulls were in France though, one of the more disruptive away games.

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I always feel confident (well, fairly) going into games at Headingley, even when logic tells me it ain't gonna happen. You can never predict the result of 'derby' games and I'll go for this one not being any different. Buls to win hopefully, if we can get a following wind.. B)

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Write us off but we'll stuff 'em. Kearney, future MOS will bag a brace. My heart bleeds red amber and black as the goliaths roll through Headingley. The Rhinos will fear the charge of disbelief as West Yorkshire explodes into a volcano of desruction.

Leeds by 6

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They arent looking bad, but I think they are just missing something. What it is, I cant tell you, but its stopping them being a good team at the moment.

I can. It's Luke Gale, who was looking a very good player last year and is (along with L'Estrange) the on field organiser.

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Is time off always a good thing?

It will be this time because It was unscheduled. Leeds will have been training hard for 2 weeks with no rest days like you would in the playoffs and the players weren't happy the Wakefield game didn't go ahead. They'll be fired up so if the Bulls get the ball 1st watch the 1st hit of the game, probably by Leuluai.

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I can. It's Luke Gale, who was looking a very good player last year and is (along with L'Estrange) the on field organiser.

No, it's not that. There's something else. It's the games you don't turn up to that I'm talking about. There's just something about this Bulls team that isn't right and I can't place my finger on it just yet. It might be attitude but I just get a feeling they'll bomb at some point in the season. I hope I'm wrong, but it feels a bit like they don't believe in their own ability.

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Yes, Bradford can either turn teams over or turn over and go to sleep so far this season. But, as I've said before, until the Catalans game, we had the third best attack and the fifth best defense. Once they click and get some consistency, they'll be a great team. Let's just hope it is soon. Preferably this Thursday night :D

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Write us off but we'll stuff 'em. Kearney, future MOS will bag a brace. My heart bleeds red amber and black as the goliaths roll through Headingley. The Rhinos will fear the charge of disbelief as West Yorkshire explodes into a volcano of desruction.

Leeds by 6

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Well it's a short turn-around for us on the back of a disrupted trip to France and a thin squad so that makes the Rhinos favourites. And a trip to the home of the Ex-World Champions is always tricky. Still, we're a good side at the moment so there's every chance of a result.

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I hope I'm wrong, but it feels a bit like they don't believe in their own ability.

I do think you are a bit wide of the mark here. Whilst there is something missing, it certainly isn't belief (I haven't seen a Bulls squad this confident in their own skin for almost 7 years). I think the Gale point is nearer the truth and I think most Bulls fans would likely agree. Sammut is great, but he's very much a feast or famine kind of player and no prizes for guessing that the games he has turned up in this year are the ones we have come away with 2 points. I'd hope we'd be a more consistant side with both Gale and Diskin returning for longer runs in the team.

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Can't wait for this one! Not been to the derby for a couple of years and Headingley, despite being a sh*t hole, is very good when its full up!

Bulls by 2 in a thriller! (Altho the trip to France vs 2wks off could also end up in us getting spanked!)

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Agree with Mr Posh based on Saturday's game. Sammut has the talent to produce tries where there aren't any (and on occasion blow the odd easy one too!) but they looked like another side lacking an on-field organiser to me. Hull are also in this bracket when Holdsworth is absent.

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Agree with Mr Posh based on Saturday's game. Sammut has the talent to produce tries where there aren't any (and on occasion blow the odd easy one too!) but they looked like another side lacking an on-field organiser to me. Hull are also in this bracket when Holdsworth is absent.

L'Estrange does it well when he's on, but we seem to lack direction when Diskin is on the field - which is something I find quite surprising but a little worrying.

Whilst I'm not sure Gale is knocking on the door of international selection, he game was improving at such a rate last year that it felt like another season of a similar level of improvement and he might be - and it is certainly his type of steady, consistent scrum-half play that England is lacking (we seem to have a stream of decent stand-offs that we feel the need to shoe-horn into the scrum-half position).

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No, it's not that. There's something else. It's the games you don't turn up to that I'm talking about. There's just something about this Bulls team that isn't right and I can't place my finger on it just yet. It might be attitude but I just get a feeling they'll bomb at some point in the season. I hope I'm wrong, but it feels a bit like they don't believe in their own ability.

It's being a recognised prop or two down this season, especially when Langley hasn't played (even though he should have been there for years, he was the archetypal prop at loose in SL). Using Manuokafoa, Sidlow and Scruton has sometimes worked, but sometimes, like last week, it hasn't and we've faded - either run over or run out of juice. Walker has filled in too, but he misses too many tackles.

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... if we bomb it'll be through lack of numbers. But we're living within our means and that equates to a smaller squad this season. We've used all of our 22 available first team players so far (Gale and Evans to come back), and was close to debuting Sam Wood who isn't really ear-marked for a first team outing this season.

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