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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Hull KR set to be trampled by Rhinos

Leeds can follow up impressive opening-week win

Leeds head coach Brian McDermott
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Leeds v Hull KR
Sky Sports Arena & Mix, 7.45pm Thursday

With Headingley being redeveloped, Super League champions Leeds start their 2018 home campaign at Elland Road against Hull KR.

The city’s football club appointed Paul Heckingbottom as their new manager this week, the 11th man to occupy the United hotseat since Brian McDermott took over the reins of the Rhinos in 2011.

Stability has certainly bred success. McDermott has led the club to eight major trophies and the odds on him adding to that tally shortened after the impressive opening-round win at Warrington.

The Rhinos’ 16-12 victory over the Wolves was based on their ferocious defence and Rovers may find it difficult to breach the Leeds rearguard, who will be strengthened by the return of Stevie Ward after shoulder surgery.

Tim Sheens’s side made a limp return to Super League action last weekend, losing 28-6 at home to Wakefield.

KR conceded 14 points while Matty Marsh was in the sin bin and were never in the game afterwards.

Leeds have played four World Club Challenge matches at Elland Road, winning two.

On three occasions, Danny McGuire was on the scoresheet and the Rhinos legend faces his old club for the first time.

McGuire is 4-1 to mark the occasion with a try but punters are better off considering backing the unders in the visitors' points and tries markets which are likely to be set in the mid-teens and at 2.5 when bookmakers release prices.

In the meantime, Leeds can be supported to give up an 18-point start on the handicap and chanced to win without conceding at 12-1.

For Rhinos backers who believe in history repeating itself, Betfred offer 100-1 against Leeds winning 50-0 as they did in the 2015 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final.

Tom Briscoe, who scored five tries that day, is 10-1 to open the try-scoring.

History is certainly on the side of Huddersfield against Warrington at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The 2-1 underdogs have won their last four home games against the Wolves and could reward support at even money in receipt of an eight-point handicap.

Jermaine McGillvary has scored eight tries in those four wins and the England winger is set to return after missing the loss at Hull.

McGillvary is 21-20 to add to his impressive scoring stats against Warrington.

Leeds -18
2pts Evs general
Leeds to win to nil
1pt 12-1 Paddy Power
Huddersfield +8
2pts Evs Betfred

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The Rhinos’ 16-12 victory over the Wolves was based on their ferocious defence
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