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Headingley Insight: Leeds v St Helens

In this weeks edition of Headingley Carnegie Insight, Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott looks ahead to Monday's clash with St Helens at Headingley Carnegie.
Headingley Insight: Leeds v St Helens
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In this weeks edition of Headingley Carnegie Insight, Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott looks ahead to Monday's clash with St Helens at Headingley Carnegie.

HOW DO YOU THINK BOTH TEAMS WILL COME INTO THIS GAME?

We obviously both come into the game on the back of contrasting results last weekend. I am sure Saints will come out fired up after their loss to Wigan and the end of their hunt for the Challenge Cup this year. We had a big win at Leigh but that was expected of us and we did what we needed to do. We have both had a lengthy build up to this game and it will be interesting to see how a Monday night fixture affects both teams as we are very much going into the unknown. We have rejigged our training schedule this week to try and keep our build up as normal as possible.

HOW IS YOUR SQUAD SHAPING UP?

Thankfully we are getting to a situation now when we will have a fully fit squad to select from. Kallum Watkins is available for selection again after overcoming his knee injury and the guys who missed out at Leigh last week are back available also. That will obviously mean that someone will miss out each week but that is a positive position to be in and one that drives the squad on every week in training.

IS THIS AN IMPORTANT STAGE OF THE SEASON FOR YOUR SIDE?

We have booked our place in the Carnegie Challenge Cup semi final and we can now turn our focus solely on Super League after alternate weekends of Super League and the Cup since Easter. We want to climb the table and we have a good chance to do just that against Saints on Monday with them being a point ahead of us. However, importantly this is also a chance for us to gain some momentum with a run of tough games coming up, starting on Monday night.




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