Leeds Rhinos: Rovers forward is aiming to put down a pre-middle-eights marker

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HULL KR FORWARD James Greenwood would have preferred it if Leeds Rhinos weren’t heading into the middle-eights Qualifiers – because their involvement will make it harder for his side.

Rhinos travel to East Yorkshire tonight for the first of what will be two meetings with Hull KR over the final three months of the season. Rovers survived last year’s relegation battle, but Greenwood admitted they have a “big fight on our hands” to secure their Super League status for 2017.

“It’s probably going to be tougher this year with the teams that are down there and the teams in the Championship,” said the former Wigan man, who was in the Rovers team which won 30-10 at Leeds in April.

“When you look at the bottom four, who would have thought that at the start of the season? Leeds are coming into form now and it will definitely be a lot tougher now than it was last year.”

Tonight’s victors will finish at least 10th and be guaranteed four home games in the Qualifiers.

Greenwood also sees the game as an opportunity to put a marker down.

He said: “Leeds are Leeds and it doesn’t matter where they are in the table, we will always just be happy to get a win.

“But I think it would be a bit of a confidence-booster for us to take into the end of the season.

“We need a good performance to take into the middle-eights and get things rolling, because we don’t want to enter them with no confidence.”

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