Leeds vs Warrington - Super League Round 1 Preview

The last times these two sides met on the opening day of a season was back in 2016, Warrington winning 12-10 at Headingley. The Wolves winning 3 of the last 5 meetings between these two clubs.

The Wolves have had a huge move around ahead of the new season, this includes coaching staff and players, this could cause them to get off to a slow start as the team will need time to gel in a competitive environment, however statistically speaking, Warrignton are the better starters of the two clubs, the Wolves winning 2 of their last 3 season openers, compared to the Rhinos 1 opening day victory.

The Rhinos have lost some of their valuable experience in the closed season, how big the loss of Maguire and Burrow will only show as the season goes on, but I would imagine the first 5 games of the season will be a huge test for the Rhinos, especially away at a new look Warrington side.

Warrington - 1. Stefan Ratchford 2. Tom Lineham 3. Bryson Goodwin 4.Ryan Atkins 5. Matty Russel 6. Kevin Brown 7.Tyrone Roberts 8.Chris Hill 9. Daryl Clark 10. Mike Cooper 11. Ben Currie 12. Jack Hughes 13. Ben Murdoch-Masila 15. Declan Patton 17. Joe Philbin 19. George King 21. Mitch Brown 22. Morgan Smith 34. Ben Westwood

Leeds Rhinos - 1. Aston Golding 2. Tom Briscoe 3. Kallum Watkins 4. Liam Sutcliffe 5. Ryan Hall 6. Joel Moon 7. Richie Myler 8. Adam Cuthbertson 9. Matt Parcell 10. Brad Singleton 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan 12. Carl Ablett 14. Brad Dwyer 15. Brett Delaney 16. Anthony Mullally 17. Mitch Garbutt 21. Nathaniel Peteru 23. Jack Ormondroyd 24. Jack Walker

Key Match up - Roberts vs Myler

Both players on debut, both players keen to impress and both players who have to put a their imprint on the game. It''ll be a real duel to see who can control the pace of the game and don't be surprised to see a 40/20 attempt out of either of these two.

Both sides have undergone major changes, who adapts quickest to these changes will win this game, the first game of the season is always tough to prepare for as you really have to guess what a team will do and what their game plan is. Currie is likely to be used as a strike weapon out wide to get his centre free for a 2 on1, his power and speed make him him very difficult to defend against when using this kind of tactic.

The Rhinos are naturally a wide playing team anyway, using their wingers to get them out of their own 30, utilizing them again usually on the 4th to find holes out wide off of back line plays.

If I was going to predict a winner, I'm going to have to side with the Rhinos, with so many changes at Warrington at the moment, I believe it will take a few games for the team to gel as a unit. It will be tight so I'm saying a winning margin of no more than 10.



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