Sinfield hungry to feast on Broncos' open game

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The two rival captains are predicting an open, flowing spectacle when the London Broncos go to the Super League leaders Leeds tonight.

The two rival captains are predicting an open, flowing spectacle when the London Broncos go to the Super League leaders Leeds tonight.

The Rhinos have had a minor stumble recently, losing to Wakefield in the League and struggling to overcome Warrington in the Challenge Cup, but they remain the team to beat.

They also have an uncompromising approach to the adventurous way they want to play, as illustrated by their turning down five possible kicks at goal in last Saturday's Cup tie.

Kevin Sinfield, who would have taken those kicks, does not expect London to try merely to contain them.

"They love to throw the ball around and in many ways play a similar brand of rugby to Leeds," he said. "It's amazing to think that the side only came together in the close season."

His Broncos counterpart, Francis Stephenson, said that both teams will exploit the wide, open spaces of Headingley but that it could be London who have the player to make the best use of them.

"For me, Luke Dorn has been the outstanding player we've signed," he said. "He came with not much of a reputation, but he's shone in every game."

Dorn will play alongside the recalled Thomas Leuluai at half-back, while Leeds have Ali Lauitiiti back from compassionate leave in New Zealand, and Barrie McDermott and Wayne McDonald fit again after missing out against Warrington.

Chris McKenna has joined Gareth Ellis on the Rhinos' injured list, but Danny McGuire continues his comeback.

Warrington are at home to Bradford today and have Chris Bridge absent with illness and the winger, Dean Gaskell, dropped to the Under-21s after being ever-present so far this season. Toa Kohe-Love and Paul Noone are fit to return.

The Bulls have Michael Withers back in their squad after an injury-interrupted season and he could come in at full-back.

Widnes have included two of their three new loan signings, Gray Viane from St Helens and Richie Barnett from Hull, in their squad for their visit to Barnett's previous club. Owen Craigie is back from a knee injury, against a Hull team lacking the injured Stephen Kearney and Gareth Raynor.

Kearney missed the first five matches of the season with a pectoral tear and has now succumbed to a hamstring injury that almost kept him out of last week's Challenge Cup victory over Wakefield.

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