Leeds Rhinos


Rugby L


Hello, hello, hello. You join me here at Headingley - well, my sofa in Berlin - for a clash between two Yorkshire heavyweights. In the blue corner, our reigning Champions, the Leeds Rhinos. In the black and white corner (or pink, or yellow, or whatever we choose to wear tonight), your Challenge Cup holders, Hull FC. It starts in 20 mins or so.

I'm @MikeMeehallWood, by the way, so expect some pro-Hull FC bias. We've not won in Leeds since the Cretaceous period, though, so don't worry about it.

Leeds are missing a few, as are Hull. The Loiners go in as favourites. Hull did well to overcome Warrington last week, while Leeds didn't play at all. On their last outing, they took a doing off (can we still call them lowly) lowly Widnes. Still, Hull are without Houghton and Kelly. Did I mention that the last time we won at Headingley a dinosaur played in the second row?

Hull are 3/1 on bwin, and I like the look of that. Glutton for bloody punishment me.

Also there's a ludicrous 8/1 on the first points to be an away penalty goal. Have these people ever seen Marc Sneyd?

Sky just ran a promo for the Good Friday derbies that was a montage of Hull and Rovers trading penalty/drop goals and Saints and Wigan trading punches. Excellent stuff. What I mean is that I was under the impression that this game started at 8pm, but there's no sign of that happening.

Team news: Leeds: Golding starts at fullback instead of Jack Walker, who is on the bench, Ash Handley moves into the centres, Josh Walters is also among the subs. FC: Jack Logan replaces the injured Faraimo on the wing for his first appearance in 2 years, Matongo starts in the front row instead of Watts, Jordan Lane will make a Super League debut from the bench.

FC are in pink, if you care. How does black and white clash with blue and amber?

0' Rob Hicks is our ref. FC will kick us off. Here we go!

2' It looks very cold and quite slippy out there. It was blanketed in snow this morning, apparently. There's certainly a fair amount surrounding the field.