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Leeds Rhinos v Huddersfield Giants: Super League preview
Leeds Rhinos have named an unchanged 19-man squad for Friday's West Yorkshire derby against Super League leaders Huddersfield Giants at Headingley.
The Rhinos bounced back from their World Club Challenge defeat against Melbourne Storm by beating St Helens 20-12 last week.
Prop Ryan Bailey, on the comeback trail after knee surgery, did not make the match-day cut against Saints but is ready to return and could replace Richard Moore, while Carl Ablett faces a late fitness test.
Huddersfield remain one point ahead of Wigan, Catalan and Warrington despite suffering their first defeat of the season last Sunday, a 43-18 reverse at home to Bradford.
Skipper Danny Brough is back after missing the the Bradford defeat through illness, which enables Scott Grix and Aaron Murphy to revert to their normal places at full-back and on the wing.
Back rower Dale Ferguson has been recalled from his loan spell at Hull KR and veteran prop Stuart Fielden takes the place of Anthony Mullally after being rested last week.
"Huddersfield started off the season like a house on fire and this was (always) going to be a big game," Leeds coach Brian McDermott told their official website.
"The fact that they've just had what they would say is a disappointing loss gives it an extra bit of spice."
Huddersfield did the league double over Leeds last season, including a 22-12 win at Headingley.
Leeds squad: Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, McShane, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Ward, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Moore, Vickery
Huddersfield squad: Grix, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Faiumu, Patrick, Chan, Ta'ai, Murphy, Cording, Fairbank, Fielden, Ferguson
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First Utility Super League Table
|8||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
|11||Hull K R||2||0|
|First Utility Super League|
|Friday 27th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Castleford Tigers|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:00||Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves|
|19:30||Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC|
|Sunday 1st March|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Wigan Warriors|
|15:00||Widnes Vikings vs Wakefield Wildcats|
|Thursday 5th March|
|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
|Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes|
|Wigan 24 - 16 Huddersfield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|Salford 6 - 52 St Helens|
|Sunday 8th February|
|Castleford 22 - 24 Wakefield|
|Huddersfield 0 - 19 Hull|
|Hull K R 30 - 40 Leeds|
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