Warrington Wolves vs Leeds Rhinos Super League Round 1 Preview

It's a repeat of last years Round 1 opening fixture, the Rhinos on the road, taking on the Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. For Leeds it's a new season with a new coach and new signings as they look to right the wrongs of last year's abysmal campaign, Warrington's focus however, getting their hands on that ever elusive Super League trophy, a win on Saturday evening will put them in good stead.

It was 1 a piece last season in Super League between these two sides in two closely contested encounters, the Rhinos claiming Round 1 16 points to 12 while the Wolves came back with a vengeance in Round 14 to secure a 33-22 win at Emerald Headingley. The Wolves have a good record against the Rhinos, winning 4 of their last 6 meetings by mostly slender margins, a common theme for the result of this clash.

Warrington name five debutants in their 19 man squad for their season opener against the Rhinos, Mamo, Walker, Clark and Austin all take their place in the squad. Leeds name four new faces in their line-up, Lolohea, Hurrell, Merrin and Donaldson all set for their Super League bow with the Rhinos.

Warrington Wolves: Ryan Atkins, Blake Austin, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Jake Mamo, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Lama Tasi, Danny Walker, Ben Westwood.

Leeds Rhinos: Jack Walker, Tom Briscoe, Kallum Watkins, Konrad Hurrell, Ash Handley, Tui Lolohea, Richie Myler, Adam Cuthbertson, Matt Parcell, Brad Singleton, Trent Merrin, Stevie Ward, Brad Dwyer, Liam Sutcliffe, Brett Ferres, Mikolaj Oledzki, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Cameron Smith, James Donaldson.

This is a tough game to call due to the high rate of change in both squads and this fixtures incredibly tight nature, Leeds will be spurred on by setting off in the right direction after their disappointing end to last year while Warrington will be looking to show that it truly is their year with a statement of intent against a tough Rhinos side, I'm backing Leeds by a margin of 1-6 points.


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