There’s a cracking match in prospect at the AJ Bell Stadium today where third-placed Salford Red Devils take on table-topping Leeds Rhinos.
Salford have beaten Leeds only once in 34 attempts in the Super League era, their last success being 20-30 at Headingley on Easter Monday 2009. They have never beaten the Rhinos at home, their last success being at The Willows in a Regal Trophy match in November 1993, before Leeds adopted their current name.
The Red Devils will undoubtedly miss mercurial half-back Rangi Chase, who will sit out the first of seven games after picking up a ban for a Grade E dangerous throw on Huddersfield’s Brett Ferres on Good Friday. Team mate and former Rhino Weller Hauraki misses the first of four matches this afternoon. He picked up two two-match bans for incidents over the Easter weekend.
Kevin Locke could be back in action for the home side, who will also welcome the return from suspension of Theo Fages, while Leeds are going to have to make do without both their star wingers. Tom Briscoe is already out with a shoulder injury and now Ryan Hall will miss around a month after fracturing a hand. Jamie Peacock returns to the pack and there could be a debut for locally-produced 19-year-old prop George Milton, who has been named in the 19-man squad for the first time.
Kick-off is at 1pm and we’ll have full uninterrupted commentary for you on Radio Yorkshire. Alongside me in the commentary box will be Forty-20 Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief Phil Caplan. We’re ‘live’ online and on DAB from shortly before kick-off.
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