LEEDS Rhinos boss Brian McDermott is wary of the threat posed by Wakefield Wildcats when the teams clash in the Stobart Super League XVII elimination play-offs at Headingley on Saturday.
Wakefield catapulted themselves into the top-eight thanks to a brilliant seven-match winning run, which included a 38-18 success over the Rhinos in July.
And while the defending champions go into the game as favourites, McDermott is expecting a tough test from Richard Agar’s troops.
He said: “I think [Wakefield] are a major threat and big challenge for us on Saturday night.
“I think if you gave every team in the play-offs a club call for who they could play in the first round, no one would pick Wakefield at this stage because of the run they are on.
“While, as a club they do not have much experience of the play-offs, they have got a lot of players in their squad who are vastly experienced at playing play-off rugby and know what it takes to win these one-off games.”
He added: “Richard Agar has done a great job there this season when you consider where they were this time last year and the squad he has moulded together.
“We are expecting a very tough challenge and we know we will need to produce our best.”
Read tomorrow’s Wakefield Express for all the build-up to Saturday’s big game.