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Super League match preview: London Broncos v Leeds Rhinos

By Jonathan Doidge   Last updated: 16th August 2014  

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Chris Clarkson is back to push his claims of selection for Wembley after being included in the Leeds Rhinos squad to face London Broncos on Sunday.

Chris Clarkson is back to push his claims of selection for Wembley after being included in the Leeds Rhinos squad to face London Broncos on Sunday.

Clarkson has been carrying a foot injury for the past few weeks but proved he was still in good shape when turning out in the Championship for Hunslet recently, with a performance that earned him the player of the round award.

The back rower was in the Rhinos team that lost to Wigan at Wembley in 2011 and is one of five men scrapping for four places on the bench on Saturday week. Mitch Achurch and Stevie Ward, who also return to Brian McDermott’s 19-man squad for the trip to face London, are others who will want to press their final claims.

As expected, McDermott has rung the changes, with Josh Walters and Brad Singleton, who both missed out in last week’s semi-final win over Warrington, back in the fold. The coach promised that there would be opportunities for others and he has been true to his word in naming youngsters Ben White, Ash Handley, Ashton Golding and Jordan Lilley in the squad to travel to the Hive.

All of that means a week’s rest for skipper Kevin Sinfield, Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and veteran props Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai. In addition to that fullback Zak Hardaker is not a certain starter, after suggestions by McDermott earlier in the week that he is also carrying a minor injury.

Encouragement

Despite their relegation and a dismal record of 18 defeats from their last 20 attempts against Leeds, the Broncos – when playing as Harlequins RL in 2011 - did take both points from Super League game staged in London a week before the Rhinos played at Wembley and can take some encouragement from that.

Thrashed at Headingley 54-6 earlier in the campaign, there is a great chance for the home side to take a big scalp for what would be their first win of the campaign.

The exciting Kieran Dixon returns to the London squad following his lengthy absence through injury, while coach Joe Grima has also promoted Under-19 Toby Everett and the forward could be in line for his first team debut on Sunday.

Neither Alex Foster – on loan from Leeds – nor James Greenwood is fit to take part for the Broncos.

Broncos (from): Atkins, Cook, Dixon, Dollapi, Drinkwater, Everett, Farrar, Griffin, Keyes, Krasniqi, Maitaitonga, McMeeken, Minns, Moore, Slyney, Solomona, Thomas, Vea, Wallace.

Rhinos (from): Hardaker, Watkins, Hall, Aiton, Ward, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Briscoe, Sutcliffe, Singleton, Minchella, Walters, Ward, Handley, White, Golding, Lilley.

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1 St Helens 3 6
2 Leeds Rhinos 3 6
3 Wakefield Wildcats 2 4
4 Catalans Dragons 3 4
5 Warrington Wolves 3 4
6 Wigan Warriors 2 3
7 Hull FC 3 2
8 Salford Red Devils 3 2
9 Widnes Vikings 2 1
10 Castleford Tigers 3 0
11 Hull K R 2 0
12 Huddersfield Giants 3 0
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