Tonight’s of relegation-favourites London Broncos is a dangerous fixture for Leeds Rhinos, forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan has warned.
TONIGHT’S VISIT of relegation-favourites London Broncos is a dangerous fixture for Leeds Rhinos, forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan has warned.
Broncos have lost all their five games so far, while Leeds are aiming to extend their unbeaten run to six matches and go top of the First Utility Super League table.
But Jones-Buchanan believes London will have nothing to lose – and that means they have nothing to fear.
“When a team is on a losing streak they are getting closer and closer to a win,” Jones-Buchanan said.
“We will be expecting a great deal from them with the adversity they’ve been through. That makes them very dangerous, because they have got nothing to lose.
“They have got players who are very dangerous and there’s nothing worse than turning up to a game with a mentality that it is going to be easy.
“In those circumstances you risk a), losing and b), picking up injuries. It is important we take this game very seriously.
“Bear in mind it is not just this game we’re working towards. We are working towards being a better team as well. Regardless of who we are playing it is important we keep building and using the time
this season to make us as good as we can be.”
Rhinos are fresh from an impressive 38-4 hammering of previously unbeaten Widnes Vikings and Jones-Buchanan feels their form is heading in the right direction.
“That is part of growing as a group,” he said. “There’s a few things we’ve put in place and a few things we’ve adjusted this year and that’s all coming together really nicely. Nothing is perfect from the off and we have got to keep working hard every week and making sure we pick up on the one percenters.
“We have played some very good teams in the last couple of weeks and I’ve been fortunate to be involved against Huddersfield and Widnes, who have been very good this year.
“I think individually and collectively we are all improving and taking good strides forward.”
London’s squad for tonight includes Leeds loan duo Thomas Minns and Alex Foster and Jones-Buchanan added: “It will be a great experience for them.
“Even though their results haven’t been great they are playing Super League rugby every week. They are at that standard now, they are great lads and good players and it’s good they are getting a wealth of experience. Looking back over my career, some of the best learning experiences have been at times of adversity. They are going through that and doing it tough and it will make them better players for it. It is good for them and good that Leeds have still got a grip of them.”
Tonight will be Jones-Buchanan’s third game of the season after recovering from knee and calf injuries.
He said: “I’ve been really fortunate, I have got a lot of game time. It was unfortunate Joel Moon had to come off last week, but I got 70 minutes and having played two games in five months it is important to get those minutes. I am feeling all right. The conditioning and medical staff have been fantastic and all credit goes to them. I am in good nick, I feel well and every minute I have I will get better.”
Meanwhile, Rhinos under-16s (2pm) and under 19s (3.30pm) take on London Broncos at Stanningley tomorrow.
Leeds Rhinos from: Jones-Bishop, Briscoe, Watkins, Hardaker, Hall, Sinfield, McGuire, Leuluai, Burrow, Bailey, Ablett, Ward, Jones-Buchanan, Aiton, Achurch, Singleton, Clarkson, Kirke, Mulhern.
London Broncos from: Farrar, O’Callaghan, Minns, Caton-Brown, Solomona, Cunningham, Drinkwater, Slyney, Moore, Krasniqi, McMeeken, Cook, Foster, Forster, Greenwood, Bishay, Vea, Griffin, Macani.
Referee: Chris Leatherbarrow (St Helens).
Kick-off: Tonight, 8pm.