Wakefield Wildcats v Leeds Rhinos: Amor determined to impress McDermott

Kyle Amor in match action.
Kyle Amor in match action.
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ON-loan prop Kyle Amor is aiming to prove he deserves a place in Leeds Rhinos’ plans – by helping add to their early-season problems.

Amor will play for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats against injury-hit Rhinos in Sunday’s Engage Super League derby at Rapid Solicitors Stadium, Belle Vue.

And he knows the way to impress Leeds coach Brian McDermott is by making life as tough as possible for the visiting Rhinos pack.

“It is going to be a bit weird I suppose,” admitted Amor, who made his temporary move to Wakefield a month ago.

“I have just got to keep doing what I have been doing and every week try and improve my game and help the lads get two points.

“As much as I like Leeds and the lads there, for me it is another game of rugby. As a player you want to win and play the best you possibly can.

“Also, if I do play well, it will put a question in Brian Mac’s mind. That is what I intend to do to get into the Leeds first team.

“It is a stepping stone towards where I want to be, so we will see what happens.”

Amor – who joined Rhinos from Whitehaven at the end of the 2009 season – has already played more Super League games for Wakefield than Leeds.

He made three senior appearances for Rhinos last year, but has played in all four games since his loan move along the M1, scoring a try in last week’s win at Hull.

“It’s going really well,” said the 23-year-old. “All the lads are good and I am really enjoying it.”

Ironically, Amor’s loan switch coincided with a front-row injury crisis at Leeds, which left them without any available senior props for the clash with Salford City Reds two weeks ago and just two for last Saturday’s visit of St Helens.

McDermott admitted Amor would have made the side had he still been at Leeds, but the Cumbrian said: “Things happen in their own weird way.

“It is unfortunate, I probably would have got my chance at Leeds given the situation that happened there, but I am getting to play first team rugby in Super League.

“I am a Super League player now and that’s what I need to be doing. My goal is to play for Leeds, but as long as I am playing every week and learning every week, that is a good thing for me.”

The loan was this week extended for another month, though – unlike during the first four weeks – Amor could be recalled by Leeds at 48 hours’ notice.

“At least if I am going to be pulled back, I know it is because I am going to be playing for the Rhinos,” Amor said.

“I am really happy with the situation.”

Amor feels he is improving week on week as he gets more Super League experience.

“It took me probably the first two weeks to get used to how they (Wakefield) wanted me to play and the pace of it as well,” he conceded.

“But the last two weeks I feel I have come on and I feel I am moving in the right direction.

“You have to be on top of your game every week. It is just good playing every single week.”

McDermott has cleared Amor to play on Sunday, saying he is keen to see him in action against a “good team”.

With Kylie Leuluai likely to return for Leeds, Amor will be up against a strong pack and he’s relishing the challenge.

“We have had a look at what we will be up against,” he said. “But it doesn’t matter who plays for Leeds, they will be a quality side.

“We have been working on what we need to work on all this week and hopefully it is enough to do a job on them.”

So has Wakefield boss John Kear asked Amor for any inside information? “Not really,” he said. “There has been a bit of banter in the sheds, but that’s John’s job. I will just focus on mine and I’ll look forward to it.”

Meanwhile, Kear confirmed prop Paul King will miss Sunday’s game after undergoing surgery on a foot injury earlier this week.

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