Jamie Jones-Buchanan is wary of a resurgent Warrington
The Wolves were widely tipped for Grand Final glory during pre-season but they have endured a disastrous start to their campaign.
Tony Smith’s men are marooned at the foot of the table after collecting just one point from their opening seven games.
Leeds had their own early-season crisis after being stuffed 66-10 at Castleford in a club-record Super League defeat but they have since claimed four games in succession.
However, the Rhinos have not won at the Halliwell Jones Stadium since 2011 and veteran second-rower Jones-Buchanan admitted: “It’s a really dangerous game for us.
“Warrington have still got the talent, ability, skills and players to do a great job and they’ve done big jobs on us in the past.
Tony Smith's Warrington side have endured a torrid start to the season
“They beat Brisbane at the start of the season in the World Club Series, which was a big game for them.
“The run we’ve been on recently and the form we’ve hit and where we are in the league table makes it an opportunity for them to knock us off.”
Warrington coach Smith famously guided Leeds to their first Super League title in 32 years in 2004.
The Australian has come under fire following the Wolves’ dismal campaign but Jones-Buchanan said: “Tony Smith would love nothing better than to beat his old club.
“We’ve got to really concentrate and take Warrington as if they are still a top-of-the-league team.
“That’s what they are really because the potential is still there. In recent years we’ve not had much luck going over to Warrington so it’s all hands on deck this week and we’re looking for a good performance.”
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Tomorrow night’s game is the first of four in 15 days for Leeds and Jones-Buchanan is desperate for his side to maintain their momentum heading into the critical Easter period.
“There would be nothing more deflating than going over to Warrington and losing,” he said.
“You’re backing that up into an Easter period when anything could happen, there’s a lot of fatigue coming in and you don’t know who’s going to be fit and healthy.
“What we need to do is continue what we are doing really well and keep building this synergy we seem to be getting between players.”
Leeds captain Danny McGuire makes his 400th game for his hometown club while Josh Walters is a straight replacement for Brett Ferres, who begins a six-match ban for a crusher tackle on Wigan centre Oliver Gildart.
Warrington recall Dec Patton in place of the injured Kevin Brown and winger Tom Lineham returns from suspension in place of Jack Johnson.