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Another bumper crowd is expected for this roses battle. Wigan come into the game looking to get back on track following last weeks defeat at Huddersfield while Tony Smith's men put behind them the disappointment of the Wakefield loss last time out in the league with a 64-6 thrashing of London Broncos at Headingley.
The Warriors welcome back Dennis Moran and Terry Newton to the side, Moran has missed the last four games with a back problem while Newton was sidelined at the Galpharm with a stomach bug.
The Wigan 18 is :- Radlinski, Dallas, Vaealiki, Brown, Aspinwall, Orr, Moran, Seu Seu, Newton, Guisset, Wild, Hansen, Tickle, Godwin, Hargreaves, Colbon, Allen, Beswick.
The Rhinos meanwhile are without the suspended Danny Ward with Wayne McDonald his likely replacement. It was thought Chris McKenna had a chance but he has been left out of the 18 named on Thursday.Tony Smith will decide whether to start with Danny McGuire as he is eased back in again after a recent op.
The Leeds 18 is :- Mathers, Calderwood, Walker, Senior, Bai, McGuire, Burrow, Bailey, McDermott, Lauitiiti, Sinfield, Dunemann, Poching, McDonald, Jones-Buchanan, Botham, Scruton, Smith.
Leeds have not lost away since losing 26-22 in Super League at Wigan Warriors on 19 June 2004. They also drew 12-12 at Wigan on 3 September 2004. Since losing at Wigan, Leeds have remained unbeaten in 10 away matches, including two draws. The other draw was 36-36 at London Broncos.