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Brown: Rhinos team to beat

St Helens head coach Nathan Brown insists Leeds Rhinos remain the team to beat despite his team's perfect start to the new season.

Saints produced a second-half fightback at Wakefield to win 24-16 and make it six from six ahead of Friday's mouth-watering showdown with arch-rivals Leeds.

The victory moved St Helens a point clear of the Rhinos, the only other unbeaten team after six rounds, to set up a top-of-the-table clash at Langtree Park.

Saints remain favourites with the bookmakers to claim the League Leaders' Shield, ahead of Leeds, reigning champions Wigan, Warrington and Huddersfield.

Team to beat

However, Brown insists the Rhinos are the team to beat due to their quality backline that includes the likes of Kallum Watkins, Ben Jones-Bishop, Tom Briscoe, Joel Moon and Ryan Hall.

"Friday will be a tough game," Brown said. "I thought at the start of the year, Leeds were the team to beat and nothing I've seen has changed.

"Obviously Wigan have replaced their personnel well and Huddersfield and Warrington have both started a little bit differently to the previous year but they are all hard teams to beat.

"But Leeds to me look quite a classy side, especially their backline."