The final game on Saturday will be an intriguing affair as we take on Castleford for the second time this year. When the Rhinos played them at Elland Road earlier in the season it was clear this wasn’t the same all-conquering Tigers team of 2017 – they looked beatable.
In the end it came down to missed conversions which resulted in a 1 point defeat on the day as we actually outscored them in terms of tries. Cas have done little in my mind to change that view since, they are still very beatable and losing Luke Gale is a massive blow to them.
Unfortunately, Leeds don’t seem to be in a particularly good streak at the moment to take too much advantage. After scraping a win at Widnes in the cup it’s the same thing being said over and over again, Leeds need a big performance. Cas are there for the taking and the Magic Weekend could be the perfect juncture to kickstart our season and a solid push for the top four.
Having Walker back fit will be a major boost to our attacking options which have been a bit one dimensional over recent weeks; whilst our forward pack will need to put in another big stint with key props Mulally and Singleton missing.
Finally, our Magic Weekend record has been one to forget for the past 5 years. Hopefully the team can reverse that with a win to send the fans home happy on Saturday.
Prediction: Leeds Win 28-16
Cas Fan Mike Preston
This week we travel to Newcastle for the 2018 Magic Weekend. We’ve a really good record at this fantastic event, the big pitch and usual great weather usually suits our style of play.
It’s no secret we have however found it difficult to find a consistency in our game, especially in attack. It hasn’t helped with 4/5 players out of position in any one game.
Where we have been strong is in the forward pack. I think the addition of Liam Watts has only increased the form and competition for places of the forwards around him. In the last couple of weeks we have found ourselves in great attacking positions but the finishing near the line has let us down.
Leeds seen to be in the same boat, I listened to a interview with Jesse Sene-lefao and Richie Myler where both admitted neither team had produces a 80 minute performance.
One thing is for certain both clubs fans have made a huge effort and lead the way in ticket sales, so let’s hole the lads on the field put on a show.
24 – 20 Cas win.