ON-LOAN prop Kyle Amor will tomorrow find himself in the unusual position of trying to help Wakefield Wildcats to victory against the team he’s hoping to be a part of next season in Leeds Rhinos.
Amor, who’s enjoying a season-loan loan spell at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium from the Rhinos, is desperate to try and help Wildcats haul themselves off the bottom of the Super League table with what would be a shock victory against the Challenge Cup finalists.
But with Leeds head coach Brian McDermott revealing Amor will get the chance to prove his worth when he returns to Leeds for 2012, the 24-year-old will also be keen to make a positive impression on his parent club in the penultimate regular fixture of the campaign.
It’ll be only the second time Amor has played at Headingley in a Super League encounter and he can’t wait for the kick-off.
“I made my debut at Headingley once and that’s all I’ve done there,” he said.
“It’s one I don’t really want to remember. But to go back and play, it’s a special place, there’s a lot of people watching you and the atmosphere’s great so I’m really looking forward to it.
He continued: “I normally get really nervous before games anyway and if I didn’t there’d be something wrong, but the nerves and the butterflies have come a bit earlier this week.
“I’m looking forward to it but I’m trying not to think too much about it, I’m just going to go and play my game that I’ve played every week at Wakefield and hopefully that’ll be good enough to help us pick up a win.”
Amor played in Wakefield’s 28-6 home defeat against Leeds in Round 7 but his only appearance at Headingley was his debut, a 17-10 loss against Hull KR last season.
He travelled down to Wembley with the Leeds squad on Saturday to watch Rhinos fall to defeat against Wigan Warriors in the Carnegie Challenge Cup final.
He admits there was some banter on the way back ahead of Friday’s West Yorkshire derby, and believes Leeds will be eager to bounce straight back following their final woe.
“They could either fall in a heap or they could come out strong and I know fine well that the character and mentality of the squad, they won’t do that,” he said.
“They’ll want to show to the fans and to themselves that they are serious contenders to go on and win the Grant Final.
“I don’t think Brian McDermott will let them dwell too much on it [the final defeat] because they’ve got to pick up a couple of wins to finish as high as they possibly can in the play-offs. I think they’ll come out all guns blazing. We know that as players so we’ve got to our game plan and hopefully we’ll come up trumps.”
Bettering Crusaders’ result (who play away at Bradford Bulls) will see Wakefield climb off the bottom of the Super League table going into the final regular round of fixtures.
And Amor is desperate not to be part of the first Wakefield team to finish bottom of the elite competition.
“We don’t want to be the first Wakefield side to finish bottom of Super League,” he said.
“We really need to focus on that because as professional sportsmen you don’t want to finish bottom of anything. We believe we can pick up one or two results in the next two games and it should be enough to see us finish above Crusaders.
“You just don’t want to finish bottom and even if we don’t finish bottom, we’ll be happy but we won’t be over the moon because we know what we had to come through. There were one or two games that we let slip. We went down to Harlequins and we should have beat them but we just didn’t perform on the day.
“We can’t be too happy with ourselves but we’re just focusing on these last two games and hopefully the results and table will look after themselves.”
The prop also insists the Wakefield squad can take positives from the game against Castleford Tigers, despite the agonising late defeat.
“When we do all play together we are a decent side, it’s just getting everyone to play together,” he said.
“That Cas game showed that there was a lot of character [in the squad], especially after a spell where we’d had a lot of points put on us. We have taken a lot out of that but that was two weeks ago and we’re very much focused on Friday.”
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