Super League preview: London Broncos v Leeds Rhinos
By Sam Drury. Last Updated: 01/08/13 7:28pm
Ryan Bailey: Returns to the Leeds squad for the trip to the Twickenham Stoop
Leeds travel to London Broncos on Thursday for what promises to be an emotional occasion. The match is the first the Rhinos have played since their Challenge Cup winning former coach Graham Murray passed away on Sunday.
The 1999 Challenge Cup win under Murray was Leeds' last and it was the Broncos who they beat in the final that year at Wembley.
The game at the Stoop could also be a significant one in Kevin Sinfield's career. The England captain is on 499 career appearances and if he features in the capital he will celebrate his 500th match since making his debut for Leeds back in 1997.
Neither side can move up in the table but the Broncos will hope to close the gap on Salford at the bottom of the table while fourth-placed Leeds could move to within three points of leaders Huddersfield with a win.
The hosts make just one change from the squad for Saturday's humiliating Challenge Cup semi-final defeat with one loanee replacing another, Ryan Shaw comes in for Rhodri Lloyd who misses out with a knee injury.
Coach Tony Rea has called on his players to respond in a positive manner against Leeds and put the 70-0 mauling by Wigan behind them.
"The team need to restore some pride in the shirt and themselves in a game against the champions. This game represents a challenge that they need to stand up to," he said.
Brian McDermott's men welcome back Kallum Watkins and Ryan Bailey meanwhile, who return after ankle and thumb injuries respectively. Thomas Minns and Brad Singleton are the players to miss out.
The Rhinos players will also wear black armbands as a mark of respect for Murray.
London Broncos: Bryant, Colbon, Cook, Dorn, Fairbank, Fisher, Kaufusi, Lee, Krasniqi, Melling, McMeeken, O'Callaghan, Robertson, Rodney, Sarginson, Shaw, Soward, Woodburn-Hall, Wheeldon.
Leeds Rhinos: Hardaker, Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Moon, Hall, Burrow, Leuluai, Peacock, Ablett, Sinfield, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Moore, Keinhorst, Sutcliffe, Foster, Duckworth.
First Utility Super League
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants34 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos36 - 22Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings21 - 20Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers6 - 44Warrington Wolves
Thu 6th Aug - Super 8's
Wigan WarriorsvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 7th Aug - Super 8's
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Hull FC
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
Sat 8th Aug - Super 8's
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Thu 13th Aug - Super 8's
Castleford TigersvsWarrington Wolves
Fri 14th Aug - Super 8's
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
St Helens0 - 0Hull FC
Thu 20th Aug - Super 8's
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 21st Aug - Super 8's
Hull FC0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Sat 22nd Aug - Super 8's
Catalans DragonsvsCastleford Tigers
Thu 3rd Sep - Super 8's
Huddersfield GiantsvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 4th Sep - Super 8's
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sat 5th Sep - Super 8's
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Sun 6th Sep - Super 8's
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Thu 10th Sep - Super 8's
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 11th Sep - Super 8's
Wigan WarriorsvsHull FC
Sat 12th Sep - Super 8's
Catalans DragonsvsLeeds Rhinos
Sun 13th Sep - Super 8's
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Thu 17th Sep - Super 8's
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 18th Sep - Super 8's
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 19th Sep - Super 8's
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Fri 25th Sep - Super 8's
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Hull FC0 - 0Catalans Dragons
St Helens0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
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