Wakefield Trinity vs Leeds Rhinos Preview
10th Aug 2017 by TSZ
- Wakefield's top four hopes took a big blow in their opening Super 8s game as they were comfortably beaten by Huddersfield 36-6 last week.
- Chris Chester is without Adam Walker after the prop tested positive for cocaine use after a recent game. Mason Caton-Brown is also missing but David Fifita makes the 19-man squad after passing a late fitness test last week.
- Wakefield have now lost five of their last seven Super League games and they need a win here to try and get back on track. The fifth-placed side are level on points with fourth-placed Salford but St. Helens now sit just a point behind them.
Head Coach: Chris Chester
Squad: Chris Annakin, Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, Anthony England, David Fifita, Liam Finn, Scott Grix, Dean Hadley, James Hasson, Keegan Hirst, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, Danny Kirmond, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Bill Tupou, Sam Williams, Kyle Wood
Unavailable: Adam Walker (Suspended), Tom Johnstone (Knee), Mitch Allgood (Injured), James Batchelor (Injured), Craig Huby, Mason Caton-Brown
- Leeds bounced back from their Challenge Cup disappointment as they produced a well-rounded display to take the two points at home to Wigan last weekend.
- Brian McDermott is able to call upon Rob Burrow following a long lay-off with a shoulder issue but Brett Ferres drops out of the 19-man squad with a knee injury.
- Leeds maintained their three-point gap over third-placed Hull FC and now face a side that they have beaten 16 times out of the last 19 times they have faced them in all competitions.
Head Coach: Brian McDermott
Squad: Carl Ablett, Tom Briscoe, Rob Burrow, Adam Cuthbertson, Brett Delaney, Mitch Garbutt, Ashton Golding, Ryan Hall, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Jimmy Keinhorst, Jordan Lilley, Danny McGuire, Joel Moon, Anthony Mullally, Matt Parcell, Brad Singleton, Liam Sutcliffe, Stevie Ward, Kallum Watkins
Unavailable: Keith Galloway (Achilles), Josh Walters (Knee) Ash Handley (Knee), Brett Ferres (Knee)
- Wakefield have scored the lowest percentage of tries in the LC zone out of the Super 8s teams, with just 8.1% of their tries coming in that area.
- Leeds like to attack down both wings, with just one try separating the number they've scored in the LW zone (27) compared to the RW zone (26).
- Ben Jones-Bishop may have been in good try-scoring form this year but his regular slot on the right wing is where Wakefield have conceded the most tries (29.8%) compared to other segments.
- Leeds' forwards have done a good job of not allowing tries to get through in the middle of the pitch. The likes of Matt Parcell and Adam Cuthbertson have helped with this, with the Rhinos conceding the fewest number of tries in their middle zone (three) than any other Super 8s team has in any zone.
Analysis - what to expect
Wakefield will need to overcome both their recent poor form and their awful record against Leeds if they are to keep in touch with the top four. The Rhinos have dominated these affairs having only failed to beat Wakefield on three of the last 19 occasions. In theory, this could be a tight contest with Wakefield scoring 21.8 points per game on average, the same number that Leeds score on average in games away from home. Wakefield arguably need the win here more than Leeds but that might not be enough for Trinity, with Leeds fancied to continue their hoodoo over the home side.
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