By Mark Rawlinson
Second-row Carl Ablett is now fully-fit to play for Leeds after a few weeks on the sidelines. He had been a doubt for last weekend’s visit to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats but the game was postponed due to the weather.
Rustiness will not be an issue for Bradford as they were well away from the snow chaos across West Yorkshire last week, with the trip to France to play Catalan Dragons.
The Bulls led at the break in Perpignan but Louis Anderson, Morgan Escare, Daryl Millard, Zeb Taia and Leon Pryce all scored tries after the break for Catalan to secure the 30-10 victory for Catalan.
Rhinos are the favourites going into the match and two points would see them leap-frog their neighbours and up into seventh place.
The other match on Thursday evening sees fourth-placed Catalan travel to the South of England to face London Broncos.
There’s another derby match on Good Friday as Hull FC host Hull KR at the KC Stadium. The visitors currently occupy the final play-off spot, two points ahead of their cross-city rivals.
Craig Sandercock’s Rovers side have been in good form of late, picking up three wins in the last four matches, including a 26-12 win over third placed Warrington Wolves at the start of March.
Hull FC’s coach Peter Gentle has rung the changes after his side have only won one of their last five Super League matches. Daniel Holdsworth and Shannon McDonald have come into the 19-man squad.
It’s bottom versus top in another match on Friday afternoon as 14th placed Salford City Reds host Huddersfield Giants.
The Giants come fresh off the back of a 28-2 win over Warrington, who have also started the season well.
Paul Anderson’s Huddersfield have been in excellent form of late, also beating Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC during March.
Salford meanwhile only have three points on their tally so far with a solitary win against Hull KR and a 23-23 draw at Wakefield back in February.
The other two games on Friday afternoon see Wigan Warriors host St. Helens whilst Warrington Wolves make the short trip to Widnes Vikings. The evening fixture sees Castleford Tigers host Wakefield.
All seven teams are in action again on Bank Holiday Monday. The fixtures are: Bradford Bulls v Salford City Reds, Huddersfield Giants v Widnes Vikings, Hull KR v Wigan Warriors, St. Helens v Castleford Tigers, Warrington Wolves v London Broncos and Wakefield Wildcats v Hull FC.
Finally, the tea-time game on Monday sees Leeds Rhinos travel to France to face Catalan Dragons.