Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves: The YEP jury make their predictions

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Our panel of fans look ahead to Leeds Rhinos clash with Warrington Wolves.

Name: Matt Fowler

Age: 37

Rhinos fan for: 
25 years

Lives: Kippax

The Rhinos have now won 14 times on the opening day, but it was far from easy, especially in the first half.

Hull KR came into the season in confident mood with some strong acquisitions to their squad and a new stand to unveil to Super League.

You could almost see the cobwebs blowing off the players as they came to terms with a new season. Defences were certainly strong, but the handling was rusty and with some ill-discipline from both sides the first half left both sets of fans rather muted.

On reflection the first half had laid a good platform for either side to kick on from and it was Leeds who took advantage. Most of the cobwebs had been swept away and Leeds showed glimpses of what is hopefully in store this year. The back line began to receive some fast ball and Kallum Watkins in particular was in a different league to his opposite number.

Tom Briscoe will rightly get massive applause for his hat-trick but Watkins set him up brilliantly and scored a try himself to cap an excellent display.

Briscoe was just as impressive when coming away from his own line. He is a strong runner and he relieved some pressure at crucial times.

Pick of the forwards was Brad Singleton. The starting berth must have given him huge confidence and it showed with a great display of strong running and resolute defence against a big Hull KR pack.

Paul Aiton replaced Rob Burrow at the start of the second half and he looked assured and commanding on his competitive debut. Some people were surprised he didn’t start. He looked good but a lot of the hard work was done by Burrow and the rest of the forwards in the first half.

It will be interesting to see how the role develops between the two as the season grows. Burrow came back on for the last 10 minutes and set-up a great try for a flying Zak Hardaker so if they can combine to suit the conditions and the opposition then we should be in for a great season.

It was a pleasing day at the office. A steady start with lots to work on. It also sets us up nicely for our first game at home. We travelled in numbers to Hull KR and there should be a big crowd at Headingley Carnegie to welcome the wounded Wolves. They were very disappointing against Saints and I can’t see Tony Smith allowing them to perform like that again. We need to improve on our first game but I think we should have enough to win especially performing in front of the best fans in the world.

I think Brian McDermott will keep the same team and look to build on a good solid start.

Name: Ian Sharp

Age: 43

Rhinos fan for: 
36 years

Lives: Garforth

First day at school, full of promise, good win, better to come.

A few more hours to link up the play in attack are needed and we also need Sir Kev to get his kicking boot back. Wolves were all at sea last week but Tony Smith is too clever to let it happen again. I think Friday will be a Headingley classic.

Name: Adam Anderson

Age: 24

Rhinos fan for: 
12 years

Lives: Rothwell

Excellent win at Hull KR; it is a very hard place to go and I was very happy to come home with the two points.

We were great in both attack and defence. Tom Briscoe and Rob Burrow had superb games and were unstoppable in attack. Hopefully there’ll be more of the same against Warrington tomorrow.

Name: Christine Kidd

Age: 58

Rhinos fan for: 
Over 30 years

Lives: Tadcaster

Super League XIX started at Hull KR for Leeds Rhinos on Sunday.

It was great to be back watching rugby league again and in the sunshine too.

Rhinos got off to a good start with Joel Moon opening the scoring with a scrappy try – but they all count!

By half-time Hull KR had drawn level. You could tell it was the first game of the season as there was quite a lot of mistakes from the Rhinos. Hull KR were getting quite a few quick play of the balls but the Rhinos were defending well.

We were hopeful that things would improve in the second half.

Fortunately they did and debutant Tom Briscoe scored a superb hat-trick. Kevin Sinfield was a bit unlucky with his conversion attempts, but I’m sure that will improve. The scoreline was quite impressive in the end and it was our outside backs that made the difference. It was a positive start to Super League XIX and two points in the bag. We couldn’t have asked for more and there is plenty of room for improvement.

Next up is Warrington Wolves tomorrow night. Although Warrington were soundly beaten by St Helens last Thursday they are sure to have improved by the time they come to Headingley.

It is too early in the season for it to be a great game, but hopefully it will be entertaining and we can do enough to gain another two points.

Name: Gavin Miller

Age: 37

Rhinos fan for: 
25 years

Lives: Leeds

It took Leeds 40 minutes and the introduction of hooker Paul Aiton to get their season started.

After a lacklustre first half, Aiton came on and added a directness and speed from acting-half which meant we saw the best of our talented backs.

Kallum Watkins eventually saw something of the ball to set up three tries for Tom Briscoe on debut and helped himself to a try. That right-side partnership could prove to be lethal this season. Special mention to Brad Singleton, who if he has many more performances like Sunday will definitely cement his place as starting prop.

In summary, a promising second 40 minutes which gave a glimpse of what might be in 2014.

Name: Matty Wilcock

Age: 28

Rhinos fan for: 
15 years

Lives: Pudsey

It was A quiet first half from the Leeds Rhinos at Hull Kingston Rovers, which was mainly dominated by both sets of forwards.

Silly handling errors kept the scores level at half-time

The so-called best backline in the league showed glimpses of what it can do in the second half when given time and space with the ball.

Paul Aiton replaced Rob Burrow at half-time which added a lot more direction and creativity going forward – scoring 28 unanswered points against a top-eight side is no mean feat in itself.

Looking ahead to this week, Warrington will be a much harder test and they will be out to make up for last week’s poor showing.

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