Wakefield Wildcats ready for Rhinos despite just one training stint

Visitors Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will go into tomorrow's charity fixture at Leeds Rhinos with just one training session under their belt.

With the game originally set for Boxing Day, Wildcats' players were due to have this week off.

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A frozen pitch put paid to the scheduled date and Wildcats coach John Kear opted not to change his pre-season plans by calling his players back in.

"We're just getting them in for one 90-minute session, on New Year's Eve," revealed Kear. But he insisted: "The new date hasn't caused us any problems at all, this was due to be a down week anyway.

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"In pre-season we train for four weeks, then have a week's rest and recovery. That week fell on the week after Boxing Day – it is what we call an unloading week.

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"All we have done is added one training session in there, plus the game."

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Kear insisted going into a match against a strong Leeds team after what was effectively a week off is not a gamble.

"We have said all along that we are preparing for the Castleford game on February 12," he stressed.

"We always have our heaviest week before an unloading week, so they might have looked a bit tired (on Boxing Day) and it could work in their favour.

"They have had a nice rest and they should be ready and firing."

Wildcats' line-up for tomorrow includes seven new signings and is drawn exclusively from Kear's full-time squad.

Rhinos are close to full-strength and Kear is expecting a "competitive" encounter.

"At the team meeting (today) we will be talking about things we have been working on and that's what we'll be looking to implement," he said. "If we implement some additional things, that's good – and I will be concerned if we don't implement what we have practised.

"It is a great chance to see where we are individually and as a group."

Kear has made one change to the squad he named for Boxing Day, with Luke George coming in on the wing and Aaron Murphy switching into the centres.

Daryl Millard drops out, due to a previously booked commitment.

Tomorrow's game kicks-off at 3pm, immediately following Leeds Carnegie's rugby union Aviva Premiership clash with Gloucester.

Tickets issued for Boxing Day are valid and one admission price covers both matches, with visitors Wakefield taking a percentage of the gate receipts. A donation will also be made to the Sick Children's Trust.

Kear is hoping to have a look at the 15-a-side game, which kicks-off at 1pm.

"I'll try and take in 20 minutes or so," he said. "I do take an interest in rugby union, so hopefully I'll get chance to see how they go on."

Leeds Rhinos from: Webb, Smith, Delaney, Watkins, Hardaker, Sinfield, Burrow, Burgess, McShane, Cross, Hauraki, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Lauitiiti, Kirke, Bailey, Pitts, Jones-Bishop, Amor, Hood.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: Blaymire, Penny, Dean, Murphy, George, Jeffries, Wildie, Korkidas, Lee, Johnson, Henderson, Ferguson, Howarth. Subs Veivers, Hyde, Davey, Tony.

Referee: Jamie Leahy (Dewsbury).

Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3pm.

SIDELINED: Leeds United's 
Mateusz Klich. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Video: Klich and Cibicki stuck on the sidelines at Leeds United