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Rhinos v Warriors: Teams
At Headingley, Friday June 1, kick-off 8pm
Brian McDermott has been forced to make just one change to the Leeds squad for Friday night's game against Wigan at Headingley.
Kallum Watkins has been ruled out for a month with a knee injury with Carl Ablett, who signed a new contract on Thursday, moving to centre as cover.
Prop Darrell Griffin returns to the squad in replace of Weller Hauraki after missing last week the Magic Weekend victory over Bradford.
McDermott said the Rhinos will be focusing on trying to nullify the threat posed by Warriors playmaker Sam Tomkins.
"He is a world-class player and someone I think is an incredible talent," McDermott said.
"He has lit up Super League in recent years and whilst, we will be trying to make him look bad on Friday night, he is someone I like.
"He is a tough fella who seems to be dealing with the pressures of being the figurehead for his team well."
Wigan will be looking to extend their 10-match winning run and complete the double over Leeds after winning 20-6 at the DW Stadium in February.
Coach Shaun Wane is missing several big names with Gareth Hock, Chris Tuson and Lee Mossop all sidelined through suspension.
Paul Prescott, Harrison Hansen and Ben Flower are out injured so youngsters Rhodri Lloyd, Jack Hughes, Tom Spencer, Logan Tomkins, Dom Crosby and Jack Murphy are all included in the initial squad.
The Warriors are 10 points clear of the reigning champions in the Super League table but Wane refuses to under-estimate them.
"They're still a good team," he said. "They've two fantastic halves, I'm big fan of Kevin Sinfield.
"They're a quality team and certainly better than where they're placed in the competition.
"I like going to Headingley. I was there as a player and it's a good place to be. I like Brian McDermott, he's a quality coach. All round it's a good club."
Leeds squad: Webb, Jones-Bishop, Hardaker, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, L. Smith, Delaney, Bailey, Clarkson, Hauraki, Griffin, Moore, Lunt.
Wigan squad: S. Tomkins, Charnley, Goulding, Carmont, Finch, Leuluai, McIlorum, O'Loughlin, Lima, Farrell, Lauaki, Dudson, Gelling, L. Tomkins, Crosby, Hughes, Murphy, Spencer, Lloyd.
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||24||21|
|10||Salford Red Devils||24||19|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||24||8|
|Thursday 28th August|
|20:00||Warrington vs Huddersfield|
|Friday 29th August|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|20:00||Hull vs Hull K R|
|20:00||Leeds vs St Helens|
|Saturday 30th August|
|18:00||Catalan Dragons vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 31st August|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Salford|
|15:30||Castleford vs Bradford|
|Thursday 4th September|
|20:00||St Helens vs Warrington|
|Friday 5th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Leeds|
|Sunday 7th September|
|15:00||Salford vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 17th August|
|Bradford 34 - 28 Hull|
|London Broncos 40 - 36 Leeds|
|Huddersfield 28 - 14 Widnes|
|Friday 15th August|
|St Helens 40 - 16 Wakefield|
|Salford 34 - 22 Catalan Dragons|
|Warrington 48 - 10 Castleford|
|Thursday 14th August|
|Hull K R 14 - 14 Wigan|
|Sunday 3rd August|
|Castleford 64 - 18 London Broncos|
|Widnes 28 - 10 Hull K R|
|Wakefield 18 - 36 Huddersfield|
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