Warrington V Leeds - Preview

Warrington are the next side to test the 100% record of champions Leeds Rhinos, who are averaging more than 40 points a match.

The Wolves have lost their last six meetings with the Rhinos and have won only one of their opening three matches but Leeds coach Tony Smith is still expecting them to make the top six. ?They were desperately unlucky last week against Saints and they will be looking to make up for that this week,? he said.

?They played extremely well in that game apart from the closing minutes but I am sure they will take a lot of confidence from the rest of the game.

?Warrington have strengthened their squad since last season and they will be pushing to get into the top six this season.?

Long-serving Warrington prop Mark Hilton admits he has been shocked by his side?s indifferent start to the season and says the trip to Headingley will be the ultimate yardstick.

?I didn?t expect it, if I?m being honest,? he said. ?The next few games will give us a good indication of how we are going to go this season and to our position in the table at the end.?

The champions will be looking to extend their club record run of unbeaten Super League matches to 18 as they close in on the overall record of 21 set by Bradford in 1996.

Leeds winger Mark Calderwood, who has scored in every game so far, and Warrington centre Toa Kohe-Love both go into the match needing four more tries to register a career century. Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves, Headingley, Friday 11th March 2005 Leeds 18-man squad: Mathers, Calderwood, Walker, Senior, Bai, Burrow, Bailey, McDermott, Lauitiiti, McKenna, Sinfield, Dunemann, Ward, Poching, McDonald, Jones-Buchanan, Ellis, Botham. Warrington 18-man: Grose, Faa?fili, Martin Gleeson, Kohe-Love, Gaskell, Briers, Appo, Hilton, Clarke, Stevens, Pickersgill, Bracek, Mark Gleeson, Westwood, Lima, Royle, Wainwright, Bridge.

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