Leeds Rhinos name strongest line-up to face Bradford Bulls

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Danny McGuire, seen scoring a try against the Bulls during Magic Weekend last year, is remarkable because he has been in the firing line for ten years says Rhinos' head coach Brian McDermott Danny McGuire, seen scoring a try against the Bulls during Magic Weekend last year, is remarkable because he has been in the firing line for ten years says Rhinos' head coach Brian McDermott

Leeds Rhinos have named their strongest possible side for Danny McGuire's Testimonial game against Bradford Bulls on Sunday.

Their line-up includes all seven of the Rhinos' England internationals, including national captain Kevin Sinfield, while new signings Joe Vickey and Joel Moon are also included in the starting line-up, with Mitch Achurch set to make an appearance off the bench.

Rhinos' head coach Brian McDermott believes that McGuire deserves a big turn out for his testimonial clash after over ten years outstanding service for the club.

He said: "There have been a few well-deserved testimonials at Leeds because there has been a conveyor belt of long-serving players, and there is a danger that people get used to testimonials and pay lip service to them.

"But if anyone deserves a testimonial, it is Danny McGuire because he has not just lit up Leeds Rhinos but Super League as a whole for the last ten years.

"He is the leading try-scorer of all time in Super League, which is a hell of achievement in itself when you consider that he is only just 30 and has a good few years ahead of him.

"To get a testimonial is a great milestone but to have done it in the style that Magsy has, winning big games for the Rhinos and scoring sensational tries, is fantastic."

McDermott is in the perfect position to judge the threat that McGuire poses having coached him and played against him.

Such is the reputation of the Leeds stand-off that his current coach says teams can over-compensate, which presents chances for his team-mates.

He added: "I once heard someone refer to Mike Tyson as 'a great', and the legendary boxing journalist Bert Sugar countered them and said he wasn't a great because he had not maintained his dominance at the top for a long enough period.

"Last season plenty of people were saying that Sam Tomkins is going to be a great of our game. Well as good a prospect as Sam is, if he is still doing that in six or seven years' time then he will be regarded as someone who has shown the class that Danny has done.

"As a coach preparing a team to face Danny McGuire, you can be guilty of concentrating too much on Danny, as teams are with Sam Tomkins now, because of the threat he poses. which allows other people to play well.

"Every single week that Danny McGuire plays, every team wants to take him out because he has such an influence on his team and the scoreline.

"Every single week, Danny has to be on his guard because defences are coming for him, and yet over the course of ten years he is still a massive influence on the game.

"He is not someone who goes under the radar - he is massively on everyone's radar and still he produces the goods, which I think is remarkable."

Fans can pay on the day on Sunday with adult ground entry priced at £15 and seats for £20.

Concessions are £10 and £15, with under-16s £5 for both ground entry and seats.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 0871- 423- 1315 or online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets. Kick-off is at 3pm.

Leeds team: 1 Zak Hardaker, 25 Joe Vickery, 3 Kallum Watkins, 4 Joel Moon, 5 Ryan Hall, 6 Danny McGuire, 13 Kevin Sinfield, 17 Ian Kirke, 7 Rob Burrow, 10 Jamie Peacock, 11 Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 15 Brett Delaney, 12 Carl Ablett. Interchange: 9 Paul McShane, 16 Ryan Bailey, 19 Mitch Achurch, 18 Chris Clarkson, 20 Darrell Griffin.

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6:30pm Wed 16 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

Predictions anyone ?
Predictions anyone ? VICTIMISATION
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8:14pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Sheffieldbull says...

Yeah, here's one, you won't be at LS6 on Sunday.
Yeah, here's one, you won't be at LS6 on Sunday. Sheffieldbull
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9:09pm Wed 16 Jan 13

theviking62 says...

Yes, your FAKE, and I claim the £10.
Yes, your FAKE, and I claim the £10. theviking62
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9:38pm Wed 16 Jan 13

BrisBull says...

Yeah - he won't be on the ref's radar - short forward passes galore.

A good player, but too prodigious in that respect.
Yeah - he won't be on the ref's radar - short forward passes galore. A good player, but too prodigious in that respect. BrisBull
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9:44pm Wed 16 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

I predict the 1st 2 responses are wrong and my prediction is if a bulls win it will be top 4 finish for some on here and if bulls lose well it was only a meaningless friendly.
I predict the 1st 2 responses are wrong and my prediction is if a bulls win it will be top 4 finish for some on here and if bulls lose well it was only a meaningless friendly. VICTIMISATION
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9:51pm Wed 16 Jan 13

BrisBull says...

Let's face it. It's a testimonial - a meaningless friendly.

Sorry - did I just bite?
Let's face it. It's a testimonial - a meaningless friendly. Sorry - did I just bite? BrisBull
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10:19pm Wed 16 Jan 13

the-truth-hurts says...

I predict that whatever the result, meaningless drivel will be posted on here.
I predict that whatever the result, meaningless drivel will be posted on here. the-truth-hurts
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10:21pm Wed 16 Jan 13

-HCK3R- says...

The result will have the same bearing on the coming season as the Dewsbury match.....absolutely none whatsoever.....its a run out for both teams ...the chance to get a bit of game time at a competetive level.....
The result will have the same bearing on the coming season as the Dewsbury match.....absolutely none whatsoever.....its a run out for both teams ...the chance to get a bit of game time at a competetive level..... -HCK3R-
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7:55am Thu 17 Jan 13

mumbyfan says...

No injuries will be a bonus despite the result...

Still hate the blue and amber b@$tards though!

COYB
No injuries will be a bonus despite the result... Still hate the blue and amber b@$tards though! COYB mumbyfan
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9:38am Thu 17 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

Even after helping with the bail out ?Now that is sad.
Even after helping with the bail out ?Now that is sad. VICTIMISATION
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5:04pm Thu 17 Jan 13

fraternise says...

VICTIMISATION wrote:
Even after helping with the bail out ?Now that is sad.
What a dork you are with more faces than the Town Hall clock.

It will be a useful exercise for both teams. The article forgot to mention that the Players around D Mc G. make him exceptional (as per BMcDs words) for my money he is more ordinary without Rob Burrows or Kevin Sinfield.
But nevertheless a good Player who deserves accolades for 10 years at one club.
[quote][p][bold]VICTIMISATION[/bold] wrote: Even after helping with the bail out ?Now that is sad.[/p][/quote]What a dork you are with more faces than the Town Hall clock. It will be a useful exercise for both teams. The article forgot to mention that the Players around D Mc G. make him exceptional (as per BMcDs words) for my money he is more ordinary without Rob Burrows or Kevin Sinfield. But nevertheless a good Player who deserves accolades for 10 years at one club. fraternise
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6:58pm Thu 17 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

Nice insults keep them up.
Yeah he is rubbish and you have watched him play without burrow and Sinfield how many times ?
Exactly
Nice insults keep them up. Yeah he is rubbish and you have watched him play without burrow and Sinfield how many times ? Exactly VICTIMISATION
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8:41pm Thu 17 Jan 13

fraternise says...

VICTIMISATION wrote:
Nice insults keep them up.
Yeah he is rubbish and you have watched him play without burrow and Sinfield how many times ?
Exactly
Without Burrows quite a few, and are you now a Leeds supporter, or is your disguise slipping????

PS
No insult intended because it seems to be a majority decision amongst knowledgeable supporters of the Bulls.
And I would never dream of calling a Player of that calibre rubbish.
Those are your words?
[quote][p][bold]VICTIMISATION[/bold] wrote: Nice insults keep them up. Yeah he is rubbish and you have watched him play without burrow and Sinfield how many times ? Exactly[/p][/quote]Without Burrows quite a few, and are you now a Leeds supporter, or is your disguise slipping???? PS No insult intended because it seems to be a majority decision amongst knowledgeable supporters of the Bulls. And I would never dream of calling a Player of that calibre rubbish. Those are your words? fraternise
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5:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

So you used the word ordinary ?

Look at his stats and get back to me.

Yours in anticipation victimisation xx
So you used the word ordinary ? Look at his stats and get back to me. Yours in anticipation victimisation xx VICTIMISATION
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