Wolves makes changes for Rhinos clash


19th February 2014

Warrington Wolves will give First Utility Super League debuts to winger Gene Ormsby and prop Anthony England in Friday’s game at Leeds Rhinos.

The 21-year-old Ormsby has got the nod over the axed Chris Riley while England, 27, signed in the close season from Featherstone, takes over from back-rower Glenn Riley, who damaged knee ligaments in the Wolves’ opening 38-8 home defeat to St Helens.

Ormsby started the 2014 season playing on a dual-registration for Swinton and gets the nod ahead of wing rival Kevin Penny as Warrington look to bounce back from their heaviest home defeat for seven years.

“Gene has been in our junior set-up for the last two or three years and has worked his way into our full-time squad,” said Warrington coach Tony Smith.

“Chris is no scapegoat for our performance as a team but there are a couple of things he has to go away and work on. He’s bitterly disappointed but he’s handled it exceptionally well and he will bounce back at some stage.”

Warrington will still be without full-back Matthew Russell, their close-season signing from Gold Coast Titans who has yet to recover from an ankle injury, but have utility player Simon Grix back from shoulder surgery

“Simon is a class player and we’re delighted that one of senior players is back available to us,” Smith said. “Hopefully he can make a difference.”

Stefan Ratchford continues at full-back in Russell’s absence while Gareth O’Brien, who has spent loan time at St Helens, Widnes Vikings and Castleford Tigers over the last two years, gets the chance to start at stand-off in partnership with Richie Myler

“Gareth deserves a chance,” Smith added. “I thought he improved our kicking game when he went on against Saints.”

Leeds have called up forward Mitch Achurch in place of Liam Sutcliffe while centre Kallum Watkins will make his 100th appearance for the club.