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Diskin To Star in Curtain Raiser
Posted by southstander on June 23 2005 - 07:04:00

Comeback Continues
by John D

It's a week off from league duties for the under 21s this week, but instead of standing idle the management have arranged a 'friendly' against Wakefield.

This has two benefits: keeping the players match fit and pitting them against better opposition than they've been facing for some time - no disrespect intended, but you wonder what's being learned by either side in a 60-70 point belting.

We preview the game here.

There have been some fiery encounters between these two sides in recent seasons. Last year a John Gallagher inspired Leeds came away from Belle Vue with a win after Carl Ablett's dismissal in a bad tempered but enthralling encounter. In this season's grading phase, Wakefield essentially put paid to Leeds' chances of qualifying for the Championship with a 37-18 win on the same ground.

Involved that night for Trinity were several players with first team experience: Mark Field, Kevin King, Liam Finn, Mark Applegarth and the outstanding Steve Snitch. As Wakefield's senior side struggle, these players have been called upon to fill in the gaps, and although they're not involved in the cup this weekend, it's unlikely that Field, Applegarth and Snitch will feature. They've had an up and down season in the championship so far, with two good wins away at St Helens and Leigh while a dismal home record has seen them gain just a lone point against Halifax.

Leeds will again start with Matt Diskin as his rehabilitation continues. He came through unscathed from his comeback game last week against Keighley. Boom centre Matt Gardner returns, but Leeds must do without Francis Cummins, who is with the first team, and the GB Academy trio of Jamie I'Anson, Danny Williams and Ash Gibson who will be lining up against France on Sunday. The team is: Tansey; Smith, Gardner, Buttery, Brown; Murrell, Gordon; Burgess, Diskin, Stenchion; Hart, Tootill; Ablett with Gayle, Endersby, Haley and Brooke on the bench.

The game is being played at Headingley as a curtain raiser to the London cup game on Friday, kick off at 5:30.

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