Big Challenge Expected

Big Challenge Expected

  • Wigan Warriors Under-16’s Head Coach, Steve McCormack, says his side are in for a big challenge when they face Leeds Rhinos today

  • Scotland boss happy for Morgan Smithies, Oliver Waite, Amir Bourouh, Reece Hamlet, Ryan Forshaw and Max Roberts who gained England Youth call-ups

  • Warriors play Leeds Rhinos in the Under-16s Scholarship at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium in Orrell today, 2pm kick-off

Scholarship Head Coach Steve McCormack says his side are expecting a big challenge when they host Leeds Rhinos later today.

The Warriors are unbeaten this season, winning their first three fixtures comfortably against Castleford Tigers, St Helens and Widnes Vikings.

Leeds have also won their three games in good fashion, having eased past Newcastle Thunder, Huddersfield Giants and Bradford Bulls.

On the game, McCormack said: “Leeds always have a big squad and they are doing great so far but we have been doing well too so we’re expecting a big challenge. Leeds have had some great results so far and so have we so it should be a cracking game.

“We have had some great results against Castleford, Saints and Widnes. The games were a little bit scrappy at times but in the end they were convincing.

“We’re on a good run at the moment and I remember a similar time last year when some of the lads were away and Leeds had a group of their players away and it was a really good game so we’re looking forward to getting back to Orrell.

“Overall, I would say I’m pleased with how we have played this year but the young lads can develop and improve a lot more.”

Morgan Smithies, Oliver Waite, Amir Bourouh, Reece Hamlet, Ryan Forshaw and Max Roberts all played in England Youth’s 28-18 win over France Under-16s on Good Friday.

McCormack heaped praise on the highly-rated youngsters, he said: “We have had six players playing for England this weekend which is a great achievement for the club, their families and for the way they have worked and Shane Eccles and all of the coaches.

“They’re a good bunch of lads and more importantly, they are good off the field. They are doing well at school and bought into everything Shaun Wane and Matty Peet want from them and have been a credit to work with so far.

“I think there should have been a couple more involved in the England squad but we can’t wait for the game to start and Leeds will be in the same boat because five of their lads were with England over the weekend.”

Wigan’s game with Leeds is being streamed LIVE on Wigan TV, with commentary, from 2pm.

2017 Season Ticket Holders and Members are entitled to free entry to the game with Adults £5 and Concessions £3.

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