Rhinos are on the back of successive wins and Smith has confirmed there won’t be many changes, but he reckons fielding the same side every week isn’t always the right option.
“The way some coaches choose to go about it – always picking the same team if it’s available or training with the same team all the time – works well until one or two players aren’t available,” Smith said.
“Sometimes, when you have to make changes, people aren’t adaptable enough if you haven’t practiced that. Continuity is important, but also making sure you have the right people for the occasion and the week ahead is the battle.”
Smith will select for Friday from the 17 who beat Hull FC, plus Sam Walters, Jack Sinfield, Luis Roberts and James Bentley, who missed out last week because of a groin injury. Here’s how Rhinos could line up.
1. Full-back: Richie Myler
Went well after switching to the halves last week, but - with Aidan Sezer declared fit - is set to start in the number one role. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com
2. Wing: Nene MacDonald
Will be keen to continue a good run of form , agianst his previous club. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com
3. Centre: Harry Newman
Another chance to impress England coach Shaun Wane ahead of next week's Test. Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com
4. Centre: Rhyse Martin
Could switch to the second-row, but has been going well - and scoring tries - at centre. Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com
5. Wing: Ash Handley
Very good as a mid-game makeshift full-back last week, but the make up of the squad suggests he'll be on the left-wing. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com
6. Stand-off: Blake Austin
Is in good form and only injury or unavailability could keep him out. Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com