Wakefield Wildcats Under 20’s have a play-off challenge of their own on Saturday as they travel to Langtree Park to face St. Helens, kick off – 12:30pm.
Glenn Morrison’s men beat Castleford 48-28 at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium last week to progress to the second week after finishing fifth in the Valvoline Cup league table. Trinity scored nine tries with eight different try scorers as they proved too strong for the fierce rivals.
Tomorrows opponents St. Helens were on the receiving end of a heavy defeat themselves after Warrington beat them 42-4 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium after Saints finished in fourth place in the league, just one place and two points above the Wildcats.
Under 20’s coach Morrison is in confident mood heading to Merseyside after the victory over Castleford last Saturday.
“It was a good win and finals rugby is always tough and to play a local derby in the play-offs we knew it was going to be difficult. I thought the first half we did everything exceptionally well and we got a 30 point lead whereas second half we were disappointed so we came into the sheds after a bit down and it felt like a loss because we knew that we didn’t play our best in the second half. We still did enough to get a good victory and a comfortable win to set ourselves up for this week against St. Helens.
“We’ve had a couple of good sessions with the lads since the Cas game and we have our last one tonight to go through the game plans. We’ve played them twice, we’ve beat them once and they’ve beat us once so we know it’s going to be tough because they have some quality players in their squad. If we get things right we’ll go there and give it a good shot,” said Morrison.
The Australian has revealed Isaac John will once again take part with members of the Under 18’s as well as having their captain returning from a loan spell at Batley.
“We have Isaac playing and a few of the 18’s that will be playing with us again so not much different apart from Matty Wildie after Batley got beat so we have him back which is good because he was our captain at the start of the year before he went out on loan.
“Matty has been looking forward to coming back into the side and he’s been coming in and running messages for us when he can so he’s been a big part of the team even though he hasn’t been playing. He wants to turn around the result he had last week at Batley so hopefully he can bring some experience and the talk that he usually does to guide us around the park.”
Just like last week the future Dewsbury boss doubled up by taking the 20’s fixture before fulfilling his role of assistant to Richard Agar with the first team and he will be hoping for a similar outcome to the double victory last Saturday.
“We leave here at nine in the morning then over to Headingley for the first team game and probably finish at midnight over there so it will be a big day but we had two wins last week so hopefully we can get two wins again this week.”
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