PDRL team set for Finals Day

Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) side are gearing up to take part in the first ever PDRL Finals Day on Sunday at Selby RUFC.

A bumper crowd is expected at Selby RUFC’s Sandhill Lane as the top four sides from the six-team PDRL League battle it out to be crowned champions.

First up for the Rhinos will be a semi-final with West Yorkshire rivals Wakefield Trinity, with the winner going on to face the victors of the other semi-final between Warrington Wolves and Castleford Tigers in the inaugural PDRL Grand Final.

It’s one win each so far this season, with Rhinos defeating Wakefield 16-12 in the first PDRL League festival of the year back in May, before Trinity gained revenge by winning the second fixture 18-12 at Warrington’s Victoria Park Stadium in August.

Rhinos enter the final in mixed form with three wins and three defeats in their last six matches, finishing in third position in the PDRL League table – two points behind their semi-final opponents Wakefield and four behind the unbeaten league leaders’ Warrington, whose team will include, Adam Hills, host of Channel 4’s Last Leg, who has been a regular for the Wolves since the formation of their side in 2017

The Rhinos will be returning to full strength for the inaugural finals series, with star players Chris Hall, Sam Zeller and Tom Lockett all returning to the squad after missing out through injury at the Grand Day Out.

Player-Coach Dan Roberts said: “I’ve said to the guys that I would rather lose a couple of games during the season and then come back strong to win these last two important games of the year. I couldn’t have asked anything more from the team this year, they’ve given everything for the shirt. We’ve got a couple of bodies returning now for the finals so fingers crossed we’ll bounce back and end on a high.”

“It’s always a tough battle against Wakefield. They’ve got a good set of forwards and a great halfback in Darren Dean who likes to dictate the play and throw the ball about. We know it’s going to be a tough game but if we go in fully prepared and at full strength then we’re confident that the game is there for the taking.

“It’s a fabulous opportunity to showcase the sport on a big stage and if we can get a big crowd down to cheer on the side it would be brilliant. Hopefully there will be plenty of Rhinos fans who come along and they can see another Leeds Rhinos side lift some silverware after the success of the Women and Wheelchair teams this year.”

The schedule for the day is:
Preliminary

Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves, KO 1.30pm

Semi Final 1
Warrington Wolves v Castleford Tigers, KO 2pm
Wakefield Trinity v Leeds Rhinos, KO 2pm

3 v 4 Play Off
Winner Preliminary v Loser Semi Final 2, KO 2.30pm

5 v 6 Play Off
Loser Preliminary v Loser Semi Final 1, KO 2.30pm

Grand Final, KO 3pm