Leeds Rhinos: Sutcliffe suspended but key duo return

Brett Delaney.
Brett Delaney.
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Leeds’ Liam Sutcliffe loses his ever-present record and sits out the Grand Final re-match with Wigan because of a suspension.

The stand-off submitted an early-guilty plea to a grade B offence of a dangerous throw on Castleford centre Ben Crooks during his side’s 52-12 home defeat by the Tigers.

Rhinos are still missing Carl Ablett, Ryan Hall, Tom Briscoe, Joel Moon and Stevie Ward to injuries.

However, second-row Brett Delaney (hamstring) and hooker Beau Falloon (back) are readied to return from injuries suffered at St Helens four weeks ago.

Wales prop Ben Flower looks set to feature for only the second time since Wigan’s Good Friday derby win over St Helens after overcoming a hamstring injury.

He replaces Tony Clubb (neck) while in-form centre Anthony Gelling, a late withdrawal last week with a chest injury, misses out with Greg Burke added to the 19-man squad.

Leeds Rhinos from: Hardaker, Watkins, McGuire, Burro, Galloway, Falloon, Cuthbertson, Jones-Buchanan, Delaney, Singleton, Garbutt, Keinhorst, Achurch, Mullally, Walters, Handley, Golding, Lilley, Ferres.

Wigan Warriors from: Bateman, Burke, Charnley, Crosby, Flower, Gildart, Isa, Manfredi, Mossop, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sarginson, Smith, Sutton, Tautai, Tierney, J Tomkins, S Tomkins, Williams.