Skipper Morrison out of Wakefield Wildcats’ Super League clash at Harlequins

Glenn Morrison
Glenn Morrison

SKIPPER Glenn Morrison will miss Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ trip to Harlequins in Super League round 18 tomorrow, Saturday.

The Australian is suffering from a dead leg sustained in the win over Huddersfield Giants last weekend and head coach John Kear is not yet sure if Morrison will return in time for the home game against Hull FC on June 26.

However, Julien Rinaldi and Tommy Lee return to the fold having recovered from shoulder and hamstring injuries that forced them out of the Giants’ clash.

Kear is hoping to follow up on his team’s winning performance but recognises that the Londoners are dangerous opposition. He said: “Obviously we were really good last week. The players gave a very committed, hard-working and smart performance.

“Harlequins is a really important game but they are a good team. They will be heartened with the signing of Kyle Briggs who has a very good kicking game and is very creative.

“Briggs and Luke Gale (at half-backs) frees-up Luke Dorn to go to full-back and that frees-up Chris Riley to go on the wing so they have plenty of pace and threat on the edges.”

’Quins have not won a Super League in their last 12 attempts and that is a run that Kear hopes does not end this weekend, saying: “Every game they are nearer a win and let’s just hope that it isn’t Saturday.

“We have got to play well and if we do that we will have a good chance of winning.”

Kieran Hyde and Chris Annakin sustained hamstring and shoulder injuries in the Wildcats’ Rugby League 9s games during the week and while Hyde is expected to return in the next few days, Annakin is facing a sustained period on the sidelines.

Kear said: “Chris will need a scan soon and it’s a shame because he wasn’t far away [from a first team place]. He has been serving his time patiently and improving in the reserves. I fully intended playing him within the next month but he will have to wait now.”

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