Rinaldi out as Wakefield Wildcats target win over Catalan Dragons

Julien Rinaldi.
Julien Rinaldi.

JULIEN Rinaldi will miss Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ Super League XVI round 15 game at home to Catalan Dragons on Sunday.

The 32-year-old hooker has sustained a shoulder injury and will be rested for at least a week.

Wildcats head coach John Kear admitted that the Frenchman needs time on the sidelines after playing through the pain barrier in Wakefield’s dramatic Carnegie Challenge Cup defeat to Castleford Tigers last week.

Kear said: “I suppose he shouldn’t have played last week to tell you the truth. It was a knock-out game and we twisted his arm. He played with pain killing injections and his injury is pretty sore.

“There’s no way he will be able to play Sunday and then Friday [at Salford City Reds]. If he played Sunday he would need injections again so we have decided to do is leave him out and try and get him right for Friday.”

Kear admitted that the clash with Dragons will be a test for his team following the loss to Tigers, saying: “It wasn’t just physically draining but also emotionally draining, especially when you come out on the wrong side of the result.

“The players were pretty down Monday and Tuesday. The only time we will know whether we have got over it will be when we play on Sunday.”

The Wildcats boss is trying to concentrate on the positives from his team’s cup performance. “Over the 80 minutes I thought we shaded it with regard to being the best team but it’s all about the result,” he said.

Trinity will be out to complete their first league double of the season but Les Catalan will pose fierce competition, according to Kear who said: “We can expect a good team. I certainly expect them to come over here and play some quality rugby league. They will be dangerous and a threat.”

Liam Higgins, Tyrone McCarthy and Gareth Moore will be back in contention after being cup tied last week.

Moore and Motu Tony, returning from injury, helped Wildcats reserves win at Harlequins last week and impressed Kear who described their performances as “stand-out”.

However, Tony will have at least one more run-out in the reserves before returning to first team duties.

New signing Jarrad Hickey arrived in the country yesterday but will not play for his new team this weekend.

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