Wakefield Trinity boss Willie Poching hoping for a Leeds Rhinos win as he speaks honestly on new Hull KR boss Danny McGuire

If ever there was a time for local rivals to do each other a favour it is this weekend.

Whilst Leeds Rhinos take on Toulouse Olympique in the blistering heat down in the south of France tomorrow night Wakefield Trinity travel to Craven Park to take on Hull KR.

And, Poching has confirmed that he had a chat with Rhinos boss Rohan Smith this week following the loan deal for Yusuf Aydin to join Leeds.

“I had a quick chat with him on Monday, obviously about Yusuf Aydin, but wished him all the best,” Poching told BBC Radio Leeds.

“I’ll keep an eye (on the Leeds-Toulouse result) as I do with most games, to see how the other teams are getting on.

“But our focus is on Sunday and doing our job, regardless of that result – we are going out to put the performance in to get the two points.”

The coach who Poching will come up against this weekend is former teammate Danny McGuire who recently signed a new three-year deal with Hull KR.

McGuire, of course, starred alongside Poching in Leeds’ first-ever Grand Final win in 2004, but the latter will be hoping to get one over on the new interim Rovers coach.

“Magsy knows the game inside out and he will be trying to pass on some of that,” Poching said.

“You can’t change everything overnight, but he will be trying to fine-tune things and he has brought Brett Delaney across, who will bring some passion.

“He played with passion and put his body on the line and I am sure they’ll be asking their players to do the same.”

Wakefield will already know the result of Toulouse’s fixture against Leeds when they take to the field against KR on Sunday which would raise the stakes even higher.

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