Wildcats young guns in confident mood ahead of St Helens Valvoline Cup play-off clash

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PLAY-OFF fever will grip Wakefield this weekend with Wildcats’ young guns joining their senior counterparts in the post-season competition.

Attentions will be on Headingley Carnegie on Saturday night as Richard Agar takes his side to champions Leeds Rhinos in the Super League elimination play-off.

Before that, under-20s coach Glenn Morrison will attempt to lead his talented young side to Valvoline Cup play-off glory in the preliminary semi-finals against St Helens at Langtree Park (kick-off 12.30pm).

Wakefield booked their date with Saints, who lost 42-4 at Warrington in their Grand Final qualifying play-off last weekend, thanks to a convincing 48-28 win over near neighbours Castleford Tigers at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Saturday.

And Morrison, buoyed by a victory at Saints in the regular season, believes his troops can continue their progression this weekend.

“We had a big win in the first final and now have Saints away, which will be tough but we have already beaten them once this season, so we will be confident,” he said.

“The club is going really well and I think we still have a couple of weeks in us yet.”

Wildcats won 25-16 against Saints in the Valvoline Cup in May but the Merseyside team gained revenge in the Merrie City with a 34-29 win last month.

It leaves tomorrow’s game nicely poised and Morrison, who’s been confirmed as head coach of Dewsbury Rams next season, hopes his time as under-20s coach will continue beyond the weekend.

The young Cats were always in control of their play-off clash with Tigers on Saturday.

They led 30-6 at half-time and, although Castleford improved on the resumption, Wildcats’ progression to the next round was never in doubt.

Adam Gledhill (2), Sam Parkin, Josh Hardcastle, Danny Ansell, who’s confirmed a move to Hunslet Hawks for 2013, Adam Slater, Andy Tate, Matt James and Ben Shulver scored the Wakefield tries while full-back Jordan Grayston kicked six goals.

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