Super League preview: Wakefield Wildcats v Leeds Rhinos
Last Updated: 26/07/13 11:04am
Kevin Sinfield: Back to boost the Rhinos
Leeds welcome back England captain Kevin Sinfield and are set to give a debut to a fifth teenager in the space of two months in Friday's re-arranged Super League game at Wakefield.
Sinfield has missed the Rhinos' last five matches with a fractured thumb suffered while leading England against the Exiles in mid-June.
That injury ended his run of 97 consecutive appearances in Super League but he will return to make the 499th appearance of his career, which includes 14 for Great Britain and 22 for England.
"Win or lose, we've been performing well and our enthusiasm has been top
notch but we have probably missed his controlling influence as he is a big part
of what we are," said Leeds coach Brian McDermott.
"It's great to have him back, but it's his first game back after a number of weeks and he'll need the cobwebs blowing out. We'll afford him that.
"But Kev is mega-professional. He's not been in nightclubs swilling beer and
smoking cigarettes so the only problem he'll have will be tiredness."
McDermott has left out hooker Paul McShane, which suggests a new role for his skipper, with Liam Sutcliffe set to continue at stand-off after making a big impression during Sinfield's absence.
McDermott, who has blooded Sutcliffe, Thomas Minns, Jordan Baldwinson and Alex Foster during the club's injury crisis, has brought 19-year-old James Duckworth into his 19-man squad as the replacement for centre Kallum Watkins, who injured an ankle in last week's home win over Wakefield.
Duckworth, who played for England academy in 2011, has been promoted after impressing for the club's Under-19 side this season.
Meanwhile, McShane has been dual registered with Hunslet and is set to go into their relegation-threatened side for Sunday's Kingstone Press Championship match against Leigh.
McDermott said: "Paul has not been selected for our game this Friday at Wakefield however it is important that he gets some game time this weekend."
For Wakefield, coach Richard Agar has included forwards Danny Kirmond and Andy Raleigh in his 19-man squad after they recovered from knocks picked up in last Friday's 20-18 defeat, while centre Dean Collis and forward Taulima Tautai are set to return from injury.
Tautai has been out of action since breaking a thumb on only his second Wildcats appearance against Wigan at the start of June.
Wakefield Wildcats: Aiton, Amor, Cockayne, Collis, Fox, Kirmond, Lauitiiti, Lyne, Mariano, Mathers, Poore, Raleigh, L Smith, T Smith, Tautai, Trout, Washbrook, Wildie, Wilkes.
Leeds Rhinos: Ablett, Burrow, Clarkson, Delaney, Duckworth, Hardaker, Foster, Hall, Jones-Bishop, Keinhorst, Kirke, Leuluai, Minns, Moon, Moore, Peacock, Sinfield, Singleton, Sutcliffe.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, round 22
Three Salford players have been given bans in the wake of Friday's stormy Super League game against Catalan Dragons.
Wigan coach Shaun Wane defended his decision to field a weakened side despite suffering a 22-16 defeat to St Helens.
Joe Greenwood's late try sealed a 22-16 win for St Helens over arch rivals Wigan Warriors at Langtree Park.
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