Leeds face Fax in Wheelchair Cup final

West Yorkshire rivals Leeds Rhinos and Halifax will go head-to-head on Saturday in the 2016 Wheelchair Rugby League Challenge Cup Final.

Held at Huddersfield Sports Centre and kicking off at 1.30pm, the game sees two of Wheelchair RL’s heavyweights come together as Premier Division leaders Halifax, who boast a 100% record in 2016, clash with second-placed Leeds.

The game also sees England teammates James Simpson and Jack Brown go up against each other.

Looking ahead to the match, Leeds Rhinos captain James Simpson said: “Halifax are one of the founding teams in our sport, the double winners of last year, and with an immense talent leading them on the field.

“We’ll be the underdogs going into this game but that puts all the pressure firmly on them.”

In the other camp, Simpson’s England teammate Jack Brown captains Fax, the favourites for the title.

“We are really looking forward to this,” Brown said.

“Our last game was really tough against Medway (a 66-48 away win) and served as a great push in the right direction in terms of training intensity.

“We may have beaten Leeds in past games but, with their form improving all the time this year, we know we will have to be at our very best to turn them over.”

A 144-4 win at Glasgow Eagles proved to be the highlight of the Rhinos’ road to the final, while a 104-48 win over Medway Dragons ensured their progress to the showpiece event.

Halifax’s place in the final was secured with a pulsating 84-35 semi-final win over Bradford Bulls.

Full details:

Date: Saturday 6 August

Venue: Huddersfield Sports Centre, HD1 4BP

Tickets: £3 adults, £1.50 concessions (buy on the door)

Kick off: 1.30pm

Doors open: 1pm



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