It’s not just the Men’s team who are 80 minutes away from a Grand Final this weekend, as Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair also have the chance to book their place at the big dance with their Play-Off Semi Final clash against London Roosters taking place at Leeds Beckett University this Saturday.
The action will get underway at 3:30pm in the Sports Arena situated on Leeds Beckett’s Headingley Campus, and the team are hoping that they will have a big home crowd in attendance to cheer them on and push them over the line towards completing back-to-back trebles, with the Challenge Cup and League Leaders’ Shield already secured for 2022.
Looking ahead to this weekend’s clash, Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair player-coach James Simpson said: “It’s been a brilliant season and although we underwent a huge transition at the start not really knowing which direction we’d be heading in, to now be 80 minutes from another Grand Final of the eve of the Men’s and Women’s huge play-off matches is really exciting.
“Having the Rhinos fans come along and support us has been ace to be honest. Especially being in Headingley now so close to the stadium where the club is based, I think we’ve really felt at home now.
“We’ve had some decent crowds in already this year, but if we could a hundred or more fans packed in on Saturday it would be a huge boost for all the players. It’s free to come and watch which means it’s definitely affordable during these hard times, and there’s nothing better than that so get yourself down to Beckett and come enjoy the game.”
In the previous meeting between the two sides just four weeks ago, the Rhinos came away 60-22 winners with Simpson scoring five tries to lead his team to victory. All four meetings this year have been won by the Rhinos, who have also been dominant on home floor winning six out of their seven home matches played in Leeds, both at Leeds Beckett and The Edge.
Rhinos have featured in the last five Wheelchair Super League Grand Finals, winning their first title in 2018 before regaining the title from fierce rivals Halifax Panthers in 2021 as part of a historic first treble. It will be Halifax or Wigan Warriors who the Rhinos or Roosters will face in this year’s Grand Final, which has been scheduled for Saturday 1st October at The University of Central Lancashire.
For fans wanting to attend the game, entry is free of charge with a suggested donation of £5 per family to Leeds Rhinos Foundation in order to support the running of the charity’s Disability Rugby League teams.
Bucket collectors will be stationed at the entrances to the Sports Arena, with accessible seating for up to 500 people and refreshments also available to purchase from the Café bar in the main Carnegie Sports Centre.
The postcode to use for Leeds Beckett University’s Sports Arena is LS6 3QQ and it is best accessed via Church Wood Avenue from Otley Road. There is free car parking available on campus.
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