Leeds Rhinos face Catalan Dragons within the 2022 Wheelchair Problem Cup Closing Betfred

Photograph by Will Palmer / SWpix.com – 14/05/2022 – Betfred Problem Cup 2022 Rugby Wheelchair – Alam Enviornment, Hull, UK – Judy Boyd Ward of Leeds Rhinos hits the ball in opposition to the Halifax Panthers

Leeds Rhinos will defend the Betfred Wheelchair Problem Cup in opposition to the Catalan Dragons subsequent month after the 2 groups took half in a qualifying competition in Hull.

That may imply Anglo-French confrontations on back-to-back weekends, with the Cup remaining on June 25 being six days after England face France in Manchester in the midst of the worldwide season – a rivalry anticipated to be repeated on the Rugby World Cup in England in a wheelchair. This fall.

The Rhinoceros, which has develop into the dominant pressure within the home sport in recent times, profitable back-to-back Problem Cups in 2019 and 2021 and including the Premier League title in a Betfred wheelchair final 12 months, was the one group to keep up a file of 100% all through the competition.

They received all six of their robin stage video games, together with an 8-0 win over the Catalans, then beat outdated rivals the Halifax Panthers 36-6 within the semi-finals – with England star Nathan Collins scoring 20 factors via two makes an attempt and 6 objectives, and Josh Butler relegating twice additionally.

However the Dragons, who traveled from Perpignan on Friday evening after accepting an invite to play within the Problem Cup for the primary time of their present kind, are solely getting stronger because the day progresses.

After shedding their opening sport to Leeds, they racked up six straight wins, culminating in a 34-6 defeat of the Wigan Warriors within the semi-finals – with the pour of Bechara, who will play England on the World Cup, influential alongside a lot of France. Worldwide.