PROP Ryan Sutton hopes he did enough to hang onto his place after getting a surprise recall to the squad last Friday night.
The 20-year-old wasn’t in the original team to face Leeds, but was drafted in on game-day when Dom Crosby and Taulima Tautai failed fitness tests.
Hopefully I’ll be in the side, Chris Hill is one of the best props in England and it’d be great to test myself against himRyan Sutton
Sutton was satisfied with his contribution from the bench in the 25-18 loss and is waiting to see if coach Shaun Wane sticks with him for Friday’s trip to Warrington.
He said: “I only got called up on the day of the game, so it was a big surprise.
“I was in the 19-man squad and so you always have that thing at the back of your head that you might play if someone pulls out. It was good to get the call-up and good to get in.
“I got some good minutes and I was happy with it.”
He says the players weren’t too disappointed with the loss at Headingley, which saw the Rhinos open up a four-point lead at the top of the Super 8s ladder.
“We dug deep so we’re not upset about it,” he said, refusing to blame controversial calls in the build-up to two of Leeds’ tries. “
We could have done things better and put ourselves in a better position, but the effort was there and we weren’t too far off.
“If we play like that against Warrington we should give ourselves a good chance. Hopefully I’ll be in the side, Chris Hill is one of the best props in England and it’d be great to test myself against him.”
Sutton has figured 17 times this season but only twice in the last eight games and, with no reserve-level competition, is keen to stay in the side for the run-in.
As well as Tautai and Crosby, he is competing with Ben Flower, Lee Mossop, Tony Clubb and Larne Patrick for positions.
Wigan’s under-19s stormed to a 50-16 victory over their Hull FC counterparts on Saturday afternoon.
Gabriel Fell crossed for two tries and Kieran Sherratt, Oliver Gildart, Brad Lawrence, Liam Forsyth, Josh Ganson, Jack Higginson and Callum Field also crossed. Jake Shorrocks kicked seven goals for Wigan, who led 22-6 at half-time.
The under-19s match away to St Helens has been moved to Thursday, August 20, and will kick off at 5,30pm. The match will act as a curtain raiser to St Helens’ Super 8s clash against Huddersfield. St Helens under-19s are second in the table behind Wigan.