17th Apr 2017 by TSZ

Wakefield Trinity vs Wigan Warriors Preview

The Lowdown

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield were outgunned by Castleford on Good Friday but their confidence will not have been too badly dented from that loss and they return home where they have won their last 3 matches.
  • Joe Arundel and Bill Tupou both miss out after suffering head knocks in that defeat so Ashley Gibson and Max Jowitt come into Chris Chester's 19-man squad to face Wigan.
  • Chris Chester was delighted with the effort his side put in during the second half against Cas on Friday but highlighted the need to start faster especially against this strong Wigan side.

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Mitch Allgood, Tinirau Arona, Matty Ashurst, Mason Caton-Brown, Anthony England, David Fifita, Liam Finn, Ashley Gibson, Scott Grix, Dean Hadley, Craig Huby, Tom Johnstone, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, Danny Kirmond, Jacob Miller, Sam Williams, Kyle Wood

Unavailable: Joe Arundel (Head), Bill Tupou (Head), Reece Lyne (Knee), Jordan Crowther, Chris Annakin, Mikey Sio, James Batchelor, Anthony Walker

WIGAN WARRIORS

  • Wigan broke their four-match winless run with a huge 29-18 win over arch rivals St Helens on Good Friday to give them a much-needed boost in confidence after a tough run of results.
  • After making his first appearance after 14 months out injured, Michael McIlorum drops out of the squad rather than play two games in a short space of time and Joe Burgess has also been left out of Wane's squad for this game.
  • Romain Navarrete and Nick Gregson both come into the 19-man squad as Wigan will aim to pick up back-to-back victories and move further back up the table.

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Joe Bretherton, Tom Davies, Morgan Escaré, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Liam Forsyth, Anthony Gelling, Nick Gregson, Willie Isa, Thomas Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Romain Navarrete, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Sean O'Loughlin, Sam Powell, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Joel Tomkins, George Williams

Unavailable: Oliver Gildart (Back), Jack Wells (Ankle), Sam Tomkins (Ankle), Dom Manfredi (Knee), John Bateman (Shoulder), Jake Shorrocks (Knee), Lewis Tierney (Knee), Joe Burgess, Michael McIlorum, Callum Field, Josh Ganson, Tony Clubb


Analysis - what to expect            
Wakefield welcome Wigan for this televised Easter Monday match-up but they will have to make a better start than they did against Castleford who blew them away on Friday. Shaun Wane's men picked up a must-needed win over Saints to snap a four-match winless run and after recouping some players back from their lengthy injury list, they should have the quality to overcome Trinity here.

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