Leeds Rhinos boss wary of Wakefield Wildcats’ momentum

Brian McDermott
Brian McDermott

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats take on Leeds Rhinos at Headingley tonight, Monday, and Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott is wary of the momentum that Wakefield bring into the contest.

Richard Agar’s Wakefield team are aiming for their fourth straight win in Stobart Super League XVII - a victory that would lift them up to 10th and within two points of a misfiring Leeds side.

In contrast to Wakefield’s form, Rhinos have won only one of their last five outings and McDermott knows that he is facing confident opponents. He told the club’s official website: “Wakefield have got some momentum and have some things working for them so we will have to be wary of that.

“I think everyone comes to Headingley looking for a win and I think Wakefield will come on Monday with their tails up.

“They are not making so many errors at the moment and they had a fantastic fight-back against Hull.

“There is no magical formula to winning rugby league at times and it’s often a case of don’t make so many errors and take your chances when you get them and that is what Wakefield are doing at the moment.”

Meanwhile, Agar is guarding against complacency, saying: “Some people are saying that it’s a great time to catch Leeds but I’m not sure about that.

“For them to be out of the play-offs at this stage is probably a bit concerning for them but there is a lot of football to play.”

Tonight’s game is the round three clash rescheduled as a result of the Rhinos’ appearance in the World Club Challenge.

Kick-off is at 8pm and the game is not being shown on Sky Sports.

Wakefield Wildcats 19-man squad: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Mellars, Cockayne, John, Wood, Wilkes, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Southern, Washbrook, Aiton, Amor, Mariano, Smith, Trout, Walshaw, Sykes.

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