Super League preview: Leeds v London

Leeds will be looking to win their thirteenth consecutive home match with London, when they welcome Tony Rea’s side to Headingley Carnegie.

The Rhinos have had a perfect record in their own back yard against the capital club (as London Broncos) since 2001, winning ten Super League and two Challenge Cup meetings, and only losing to the visitors when they were known as Harlequins in 2011.

The Broncos’ last away win at Leeds was 18-6 on 15 September, 2000 – in the final regular season game of Super League V.

That win was London’s last victory over the Rhinos on English soil – with the Yorkshire side emerging as winners on 17 of 19 occasions since.

The sides fought out a 36-36 draw at Brentford’s Griffin Park on 18 July, 2004; with the Broncos’ solitary win coming 32-24, in a game played at Perpignan’s Stade Aime Giral, on 9 July, 2005.

Ryan Hall, Ian Kirke and Rob Mulhern come into Brian McDermott’s 19-man squad, whilst London make one change with Iliess Macani replacing Jordan Atkins.

Leeds

Squad: Hardaker, Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Aiton, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Ward, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Briscoe, Singleton, Mulhern.

Last match: Won 38-4 at home to Widnes

London

Squad: Bishay, Caton-Brown, Cook, Cunningham, Drinkwater, Farrar, Forster, Foster, Greenwood, Griffin, Krasniqi, Macani, McMeeken, Minns, Moore, O’Callaghan, Slyney, Solomona, Vea.

Last match: Lost 50-22 at home to Wakefield

Previous ten meetings

London 18, Leeds 30 (SLR23, 1/8/13)

Leeds 30, London 6 (SLR12, 12/4/13)

London 12, Leeds 58 (SLR19, 30/6/12)

Leeds 52, London 10 (SLR11, 9/4/12)

Harlequins 32, Leeds 22 (SLR25, 20/8/11)

Leeds 40, Harlequins 20 (CCR5, 20/5/11)

Leeds 26, Harlequins 36 (SLR3, 25/2/11)

Harlequins 22, Leeds 42 (SLR16, 12/6/10)

Leeds 62, Harlequins 4 (SLR5, 5/3/10)

Harlequins 14, Leeds 48 (SLR16, 20/6/09)

Super League summary

Leeds won 29

London won 9

Leeds highest score: 64-6 (H, 2005) (widest margin: 60-0, A, 2006)

London highest score: 40-16 (H, 1997) (also widest margin)

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