St Helens coach expecting backlash from Leeds Rhinos

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St HelensSt Helens coach Mike Rush expects a backlash from Leeds Rhinos (-6 Match Handicap) when the sides meet in the Super League at Headingley this evening. The defending champions were thrashed 46-6 in Round 8 at St Helens (+6 Match Handicap) back in March in the first game under Rush and fellow caretaker coach Keiron Cunningham but know a revenge victory tonight would enable them to overtake their arch rivals.

Rush said "They will be using the game at Langtree Park as a motivator to right what went wrong. We'll be going there expecting nothing but a tough match."

The Rhinos (4/6 First team to Score), who surged into last October's Grand Final from fifth place, currently occupy the eighth play-off spot as they approach the halfway stage of the regular season, although they have two games in hand on most of their rivals.

Leeds Rhinos welcome back centre Kallum Watkins, has not played since sustaining a knee injury on Good Friday, in place of Ben Jones-Bishop. Prop Jamie Peacock and back row forwards Brett Delaney and Carl Ablett are also set to return after missing the cup win at Leigh.

St Helens (11/10 First team to Score) are boosted by the return of forward Tony Puletua, who has been out since Easter with a shoulder injury. That is likely to be the only change to the side that lost to Wigan in the cup.

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