Huddersfield v Leeds Rhinos: Five talking points ahead of tonight’s game

Jordan Lilley.

Jordan Lilley.

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Leeds Rhinos face probably their biggest game of the season – until next week, at least – when they return to Huddersfield Giants tonight.

A week after a First Utility Super League defeat which left them bottom of the table, Rhinos will be aiming to bounce back in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

Here are five talking points ahead of the game.

1: The likely return of Zak Hardaker and Adam Cuthbertson after injury should make Rhinos stronger, but eight players remain on the casualty list.

2: Rhinos’ back-three can expect an aerial bombardment from Giants stand-off Danny Brough. Some of his kicks last week were almost impossible to take.

3: Jordan Lilley has deservedly received the few plaudits thrown Rhinos’ way this year, but Jimmy Keinhorst’s form has been equally impressive. He is a tackling machine, but his skill with ball in hand has also been evident this season.

4: Huddersfield will be hoping history repeats itself. They were the last team to beat Leeds in the Challenge Cup, at John Smith’s Stadium two years ago.

5: Rhinos are improving. If they can combine their attacking display from the St Helens game two weeks ago with last Friday’s defensive effort they will be hard to beat.