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Rhinos army set to head across to Warrington

Leeds Rhinos will be hoping an army of fans will be able to make the trip to Warrington's Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday 14th September.
Rhinos army set to head across to Warrington

Leeds Rhinos will be hoping an army of fans will be able to make the trip to Warrington's Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday 14th September as the Champions kick off their 2013 Play off campaign against Tony Smith's side.

The Rhinos impressive win over Wigan has ensured their highest place finish in the regular season since they were League Leaders in 2009 but means they must travel to face the Wolves in a repeat of last season's Grand Final.

The game is a Saturday afternoon fixture, kicking off at 3pm, and the club have reduced official travel to just £10 for the day, a saving of £5 on the usual fare. Adult tickets start from just £19, OAP and students are £13 whilst 5 to 16 year olds can get in for just £5 if purchased in advance of the day of the game. Under 5s are free as long as they have a match ticket, collected before the day of the game.

Head Coach Brian McDermott has urged the supporters to get across to Warrington to support the team as they face the sizeable challenge of the impressive Wolves outfit. He commented, "I am sure we will take a large following over there and we will need their support. It is a pretty intimidating place to go but, as the Leeds fans have shown in the past, when they travel in large numbers it is worth so much to the side. I thought our fans were outstanding at Wigan on Thursday night. To travel across there in the numbers they did, backing the team from the first kick to the final hooter, was a great effort.

"I think it is great that the club have cut the price for travel. It has been a long, hard season but our fans have stuck with the team all the way. The spirit of the club has never dipped, despite all the injury problems we have had, and I think it is testament to this incredible group of players that we still managed to finish third despite all those challenges and an important part in that was our supporters and the backing they gave the team, and in particularly the young guys.

"We start again next Saturday and we know from experience just how tough it will be. We will need to improve from our performance against Wigan to trouble Warrington but that is what our focus will be on. Recent games against the Wolves have been great contests and I expect next Saturday afternoon to be no different,” added McDermott.

Tickets and travel are on sale now from the Headingley Carnegie ticket office by calling 0871 423 1315 (calls cost 10p per minute and may be more from mobiles) or online from

Meanwhile, the Rhinos have announced that Scotland international Liam Hood has been released from the remainder of his contract with immediate effect to allow him to look for new opportunities for next season.

Hood, who joined the Rhinos as a junior from Stanningley, has not made a first team appearance this season but has featured on dual registration with Hunslet Hawks in the Championship.Commenting on the announcement Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said, "Liam has become frustrated with his lack of game time in the first team and asked to be released so he could speak to other clubs. He leaves with our best wishes and everyone at Headingley Carnegie wishes him good luck for the future."

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