Leeds Rhinos v Wakefield Wildcats: Amor’s expecting a day to remember

Kyle Amor in match action. PIC: Dave Williams
Kyle Amor in match action. PIC: Dave Williams
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Forward Kyle Amor is playing a waiting game ahead of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ Carnegie Challenge Cup fourth round tie at Leeds Rhinos on Friday.

The front-rower is desperate to play for Wildcats against his former club, but more important business could come first.

Amor’s fiancée Carrie is due to give birth to their second child on the day of the game – and the ex-Leeds man isn’t sure if he will be available to play.

“We’re having a little boy,” said Amor, who already has a young daughter with Carrie. “I am just taking it day by day, there’s nothing I can do – it is just one of those things.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I am preparing as if I will play.”

He added: “I’m looking forward to it, it will be good to go back and play at Leeds. It is a brilliant place to play rugby and with it being a one-off game, that makes it a bit more exciting, for the fans and us players as well.”

Amor joined Wildcats from Rhinos in the off-season, after spending most of last year on loan at Wakefield.

Rhinos have an option to re-sign him this summer, but he said that won’t affect how he approaches this week’s derby.

“I am just getting my head down at Wakefield,” he stressed. “As far as I am aware, come the end of July they [Rhinos] will let me know either way, but until then I am just focusing on Wakefield.”

Wildcats will go into Friday’s tie on the back of three straight defeats and with just two wins to their credit this year.

“We are hoping to get back the form we had a couple of weeks ago,” Amor said. “We’ve been off the boil for the last couple of weeks, but we’re working towards getting back on track again.

“We have had a dip and we’re really disappointed about that, as a group. We have been making big improvements, but since we beat Catalan it’s like we had got the win we longed for and we took our foot off the gas.

“The stuff we’ve been practising in training we’ve not been executing on the playing field, but we will be looking for a good performance and as long as we can go toe to toe with Leeds, we are in with a chance.”

Rhinos lost three successive games before bouncing back to form with a 52-10 trouncing of London Broncos three days ago.

“Teams like Leeds, even when they aren’t playing well they can come back the next week and score 10 tries,”observed Amor, who feels Wildcats could benefit from resting several key players for Monday’s defeat at Wigan Warriors.

“They have got quality all over the field and they are packed full of internationals, but we don’t read too much into names on the other side’s team sheet.

“We believe in what we are doing. We have got to keep working hard and hopefully we will become a bit more consistent.”

Despite the team’s recent poor results, Amor feels he is regaining his own form after an early season lay-off due to a broken hand.

He said: “I was a bit rusty because I didn’t play for five weeks.

“I got 50-55 minutes against Wigan on Monday and I am pretty happy, I am moving forward.”

Danny McGuire returns to the Leeds squad for Friday night’s match after recovering from a hamstring strain.

He replaces Brad Singleton, who has been banned for one match for an offence in an Under-20s game, as the only change from the 19s on duty at Bradford and London.

Kallum Watkins and Jamie Jones-Buchanan (knee), Weller Hauraki (calf) and Richard Moore (ankle) are all out.

The RFL has launched a formal investigation into the off-field disturbances that marred the Good Friday fixture between Wakefield and Castleford at Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

The investigation will centre on the incidents involving supporters of both clubs inside and outside the stadium and the way in which the incidents were managed.

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