Leeds v St. Helens rarely disappoints – and if it does in terms of the quality of the rugby on show like on the opening night of the season then at the very least it’s a competitive encounter.
The Rhinos will be looking to continue their record of not suffering consecutive defeats at any stage of their season – as they look to put their defeat to Castleford behind them, in one of the more bruising encounters on show this season.
They face a St. Helens side coming into this on a relative high following their remarkable late turnaround to beat Salford – but as ever consistency is the buzzword with Justin Holbrook’s side.
Leeds can go second with a win while Saints could put themselves well in touch with the top four. They’re available at 8/11 but that could drift a little given they are without both Danny McGuire and Jamie Jones-Buchanan through suspension.
The visitors have Mark Percival missing through suspension too and are best priced 6/4. They have also been given a four-point start in many places at 10/11 on the handicap – though you could get Leeds at 11/10 to cover that with William Hill as of Tuesday night. It looks appealing and one we’d back.
As for the winning margin, Saints have often been in tight matches this season – that’s not to say this definitely will be. Leeds to win by 11-15 points at 17/2 sticks out as something realistic, and decent value.