Leeds Rhinos vs Toulouse Olympique The Qualifiers Round 1

Leeds come into this game on a major low, taking a battering at the hands of Salford and Warrington in successive weeks, they will certainly look to this game to lift their spirits. Toulouse will look to exploit the low morale in the Rhinos camp, no doubt drawing confidence from seeing 1 Championship side already cause an upset.

These two sides have only met once previously  in their histories, a Rhinos 56-18 win back in July 31st 2005, Toulouse undoubtedly the underdogs coming into this game but no doubt full of belief that they can overcome their much larger foes.

Leeds welcome back 5 returning faces, Stevie Ward, Anthony Mullally, Ashton Golding, Jimmy Keinhorst and Dom Crosby all named by Kevin Sinfield and Jimmy Lowes. Toulouse make 3 changes to their squad; Eddy Pettybourne,Stanislas Robin and Charles Bouzinac all brought in to strengthen the french sides stock.

Leeds Rhinos: Ashton Golding, Tom Briscoe, Liam Sutcliffe, Ryan Hall, Joel Moon, Richie Myler, Adam Cuthbertson, Brad Singleton, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett, Stevie Ward, Brad Dwyer, Anthony Mullally, Jimmy Keinhorst, Brett Ferres, Nathaniel Peteru, Jack Walker, Mikolaj Oledzki, Dom Crosby.

Toulouse Olympique: Bastien Ader, William Barthau, Charles Bouzinac, Clément Boyer, Joe Bretherton, Bastien Canet Chris Centrone, Johnathon Ford, Tyla Hepi, Mark Kheirallah, Paul Marcon, Anthony Marion, Tony Maurel, Constantine Mika, Eddy Pettybourne, Maxime Puech, Sam Rapira, Stanislas Robin, Paul Seguier.

Toulouse are notorious for rising to the occasion, they have points in them, strong attacking prowess and the ability to shock opponents. The Rhinos will have their eyes on Ford, he stood out in the Challenge Cup and is very much the linchpin of the french outfit. I'm backing a Rhinos victory by 13+ in this one.


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