Super League preview: Leeds v Widnes

Both sides take unblemished records into the clash at Headingley Carnegie, although Leeds will start as big favourites.

The Rhinos have won their last eight meetings (four at home) against Widnes, with the Vikings’ last victory coming in 2003.

Leeds winger Ryan Hall has a similarly impressive record in this fixture, having scored seven tries in his last four matches against the visitors.

Hall is joined in the Rhinos squad by returning duo Ben Jones-Bishop – who is set for his first appearance of the season – and Ryan Bailey.

Widnes welcome back fit-again backs Patrick Ah Van and Cameron Phelps, as well as forward Ben Kavanagh.

Head coach Denis Betts is without Stefan Marsh, Phil Joseph and Paul Johnson who have all picked up minor injuries.

Leeds

Squad: Hardaker, Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Aiton, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Ward, Delaney, Bailey, Achurch, Briscoe, Singleton.

Last match: Drew 12-all away at Huddersfield

Widnes

Squad: Ah Van, Brown, Clarke, Clough, Craven, Dean, Flynn, Galea, Gerrard, Hanbury, Isa, Kavanagh, Leuluai, Lloyd, Mellor, Owens, Phelps, Tickle, White.

Last match: Won 32-18 at home to Salford

Super League summary

Leeds won 9

Widnes won 3

Leeds highest score: 68-24 (H, 2012) (Widest margin: 66-8, H, 2005)

Widnes highest winning score: 34-28 (H, 2002) (Widest margin: 29-14, H, 2003)

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