Richard Agar believes the ongoing hectic schedule can boost Leeds Rhinos’ hopes of finishing in the Betfred Super League play-off places this season, with his side set to entertain Warrington Wolves on Sunday (Match winner – Leeds 11/10, Warrington 8/11).
The Rhinos are in the midst of a run of three matches in the space of just nine days, with Sunday’s clash with the Wire coming off the back of Thursday’s 22-12 victory at Hull FC, while a home contest awaits on Friday against Castleford Tigers.
It is not the first time Leeds have been involved in a hectic run this season, as it is less than a month since they contested four matches in just 13 days, but head coach Agar believes this latest period could ignite his side’s push for the play-offs.
“While it is not ideal and we’d all prefer a different schedule, we are viewing it as an opportunity to continue with some momentum and put some pressure on some teams above us,” Agar was quoted as saying by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“We still feel we have got some catching up to do, but there’s plenty of time to do that.”
Leeds currently sit seventh in the standings and they will be boosted by the potential returns of Bodene Thompson, Liam Sutcliffe, Tom Holroyd and Morgan Gannon for Sunday’s match at Headingley, although Alex Mellor and Callum McLelland are both set to miss out after picking up injuries against Hull.
Warrington sit third in the standings but have played just once since losing 16-22 to Leeds on July 5th.
Steve Price is expected to hand George Williams his debut on Sunday following his return from the NRL, while Matty Ashton could also feature for the first time since May after recovering from an ankle issue.
The match at Headingley will be the second of two Betfred Super League fixtures taking place on Sunday, with the early kick-off seeing Wigan Warriors entertain bottom club Leigh Centurions at the DW Stadium (Match winner – Wigan 1/12, Leigh 9/1).
The Warriors’ recent return to form was brought to an abrupt end by their midweek defeat to Warrington, but Leigh have lost all 13 of their Betfred Super League matches to date this term and should provide the ideal opposition for Adrian Lam’s side.