AGAR MAKES ONE CHANGE AS SMITH RETURNS

posted on 22 February 2013

Wildcats head coach Richard Agar has been forced to make one change to his 19-man squad with the returning Lee Smith replacing Reece Lyne who is suffering with a pectoral injury.

Lee Smith is in the 19-man squad for the first time in 2013.

The three time Grand Final winner is set to make his first appearance of the season after suffering a compound fracture of his thumb during pre-season training.

Agar has named an otherwise unchanged squad which means youngster Chris Annakin keeps his place after being involved in all three 19-man squads this season which resulted in his debut in the 28-0 victory over London.

Lyne has scored one try and assisted two others in the opening three rounds while impressing the red, white and blue faithful with his energetic performances. Agar explains it is a shame he will miss this weekend but the Wildcats have a readymade replacement.

“I am over the moon with his progress but he’s going to miss this weekend, Reece has got a pec injury and we’re just waiting for the scans so touch wood there’s no tear in there. If there is he could be out for a while so that’s a disappointment because he’s been flying.

“If you look over the first three rounds and how individuals have performed he’s right up there with the very best of our performers. His first touch of the ball at the weekend he shrugged off a tackle and motored through the centre of the field and set-up a try so he’s very dangerous and threatening with the ball.

“Lee Smith will come into the squad for Reece Lyne so that’s a pretty handy replacement, we lose a young player, one that’s been playing well but to be able to stick a guy with Lee’s experience in is a terrific position for us to be in.”

The squad in full:

1. Richard MATHERS

2. Peter FOX

3. Dean COLLIS

4. Lee SMITH

5. Ben COCKAYNE

6. Paul SYKES

7. Tim SMITH

8. Justin POORE

9. Paul AITON

10. Andy RALEIGH

11. Ali LAUITIITI

12. Danny KIRMOND

13. Danny WASHBROOK

14. Kyle WOOD

15. Kyle AMOR

16. Oliver WILKES

17. Frankie MARIANO

19. Vince MELLARS

27. Chris ANNAKIN

Last week’s try scorers for Doncaster Danny Cowling and Liam Kay are set to feature alongside Bobbie Goulding and Kyle Trout once again on dual-registration on Sunday. The Dons travel to face Leigh Centurions at Leigh Sports Village, kick-off 3pm. Lucas Walshaw is also expected to play in the Kingstone Press Championship this weekend as Dewsbury take on Whitehaven.

Make sure you don’t miss the action at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium this Sunday and tickets are still available from all three retail outlets. You do save £2 on matchday admission for adult tickets when you buy in advance. Tickets are priced at £20 for the West Yorkshire derby while concessions and juniors gain access for just £12, under 5s free.

You can buy yours from the Ridings Centre, Trinity Walk or Stadium Box Office or by calling 01924 201548 and save money before matchday as adults tickets will be £22 on the gate at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

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