Five talking points ahead of Leeds Rhinos’ Super League showdown with St Helens at Headingley tonight:
1: Rhinos should look a different side with Danny McGuire back on the field. They have lacked a cutting edge without him.
2: Even this early it is a crucial game for Rhinos in the hunt for semi-final places. They are six points adrift of fourth-placed Saints and can’t afford to fall further behind.
3: Jordan Lilley has done a fine job this year, but he is a 19-year-old rookie. Stepping back for a while won’t do him any harm.
4: Two of Saints’ pack are always keen to show what Rhinos are missing. Kyle Amor was released by Leeds without getting much of a chance. Fellow front-rower Alex Walmsley played for Leeds Metropolitan University and Batley Bulldogs, but went to Saints instead.
5: Jamie Jones-Buchanan will make his 300th Super League appearance. He returned from injury last week and his work-rate and desire to win have been missed.