Sky Live: Leeds old boys plot Rhinos downfall

Leeds will be wary of the old boys brigade when Hull KR visit Headingley on Friday for a Super League basement battle.

Rovers trio Danny McGuire, Mitch Garbutt and Matt Parcell were all in the Rhinos team that won the 2017 Grand Final while Jimmy Keinhorst and Shaun Lunt also won at Old Trafford in Leeds colours and Weller Hauraki was in the side that reached Wembley in 2011.

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McGuire, who is Super League’s most prolific tryscorer, will make his 400th league appearance on Friday in what will be his last trip to Headingley as he prepares to hang up his boots at the season end.

While McGuire left Leeds of his own accord, Garbutt was disappointed at the way he was forced out with a year left on his contract but helped take out the frustration by scoring a try in Rovers’ 45-26 win over the Rhinos in April.

“If they had their time again, hopefully they would handle things differently but that’s sport,” said the 30-year-old Australian prop.

“There’s no hard feelings and I’ve seen everyone plenty of times since then and I always say ‘good-day’ and have a smile.”

There will also be a Headingley reunion for coach Tony Smith, who took Leeds to two Grand Final triumphs in his time with the club from 2004-07 and was recruited by Hull KR a month ago with the brief to keep them in Super League.

Two wins from his first four matches helped lift Rovers off the foot of the table but last week’s 52-10 hammering at Wigan means they remain in trouble.

“We need to start winning games, otherwise we’ll be out of a job,” Garbutt said.

“Personally I think relegation is not the right thing but that’s an argument for another day.

“I couldn’t imagine having to go home to your missus and telling her that I don’t have a job, how are we going to pay the mortgage?”

Leeds have eased their relegation fears with back-to-back wins over Catalans Dragons and Castleford and victory on Friday would put them four points above their visitors.

Veteran Leeds forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan is set to make his first appearance for two months after getting the all clear to make his comeback, taking over from the suspended Brad Singleton. Hooker Shaun Lunt is set to face his old club after overcoming an ankle injury.

Leeds Rhinos’ 19-man squad: Jack Walker, Tom Briscoe, Konrad Hurrell, Ash Handley, Richie Myler, Adam Cuthbertson, Trent Merrin, Brad Dwyer, Liam Sutcliffe, Brett Ferres, Mikolaj Oledzki, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Cameron Smith, James Donaldson, Harry Newman, Ava Seumanufagui, Shaun Lunt, Rob Lui, Rhyse Martin.

Hull KR’s 19-man squad: Adam Quinlan, Craig Hall, Ben Crooks, Jimmy Keinhorst, Ryan Shaw, Danny McGuire, Robbie Mulhern, Mose Masoe, Joel Tomkins, Weller Hauraki, Mitch Garbutt, Chris Atkin, George Lawler, Kane Linnett, Josh Drinkwater, Daniel Murray, Harvey Livett, Luis Johnson, Matt Parcell.

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