Leeds not expecting Hull hangover

31 August 2017 01:28:20 GMTPlus10

Hull FC are back in action this week, just days after their Wembley win but Leeds Rhinos expect them to be back to their best.

The two meet at Headingley on Thursday night, less than a week after Hull FC retained the Challenge Cup, beating Wigan Warriors at Wembley.

We know where we want to be come the end of the season and we will be focusing on that.

Jimmy Keinhorst

The celebrations may have only just died down at the KCOM Stadium, but the Rhinos expect the Black and Whites to still be fired up by kick-off.

Leeds centre Jimmy Keinhorst said ahead of the game: "I'm sure they will want to get back on the horse in the league and I don't think we can take anything for granted.

"We have got to be on our game for sure because they will provide as tough a test as usual."

With just four games left before the end of the regular season and the play-offs to decide who competes in the Grand Final, the match has greater significance because the two sides are next to each other in the table.

Leeds are 2/7 to win on Thursday night with Hull FC priced at 11/4.

With the top four qualifying, Leeds are second and Hull FC third, three points separating the teams.

The turnaround for the Rhinos, after missing out on the top eight altogether last year, is significant, but Keinhorst wants to go further.

Of the prospect of qualifying, he said: "It would be good if we can do it after last year's disappointing season.

"To turn that around and finish in the top-four would be great, but we know where we want to be come the end of the season and we will be focusing on that.

"I think we can win it [the Grand Final]. We are second in the league, but performances have perhaps been a bit hit and miss this year."

The Rhinos are 10/3 to win this year's Grand Final. Hull FC are 7/2 with Castleford, having already won the League Leaders' Shield, available to be backed at 5/4.

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