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15 Apr 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – Wakefield Trinity vs St Helens Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 15th April, 15:00

Where? The Mobile Rocket Stadium

What channel is it on? Wakefield Trinity vs St Helens will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://trinity.mysportsticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Annakin, Arona, Arundel, Ashurst, Baldwinson, England, Finn, Grix, Hirst, Horo, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Kirmond, Lyne, Miller, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: David Fifita, Mason Caton-Brown, Jordan Crowther, James Batchelor, Max Jowitt, Pauli Pauli, Ryan Hampshire

  • Wakefield couldn’t hold on to their half-time lead as they were defeated at home to Leeds last weekend. Trinity were 12-6 up the break but fell behind in the final 20 minutes as the Rhinos came more into the game with the full-time score ending 26-28.
  • Chris Chester has made four changes to his 19-man squad from last week’s loss with James Batchlor, Pauli Pauli, Max Jowitt and Ryan Hampshire dropping out. They are replaced by Liam Finn, Scott Grix, Chris Annakin and Anthony England.
  • The loss against Leeds was Wakefield’s fifth in a row as their poor run continues. Trinity are now without a win since 4th March when they beat Huddersfield.

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Barba, Costello, Douglas, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lomax, Lees, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan, Percival, Peyroux, Richardson, Smith, Taia, Thompson, Wilkin

Unavailable: Alex Walmsley, Adam Swift, James Roby

  • St Helens maintained their impressive start to the season as they were far too good for Hull FC last week. Despite only winning by 14 points, Saints never looked in any real danger of losing as they won their ninth game from 10 games.
  • Saints are without talismanic captain James Roby who misses out with a rib injury. Youngster Matty Costello comes into the squad in his place.
  • Although their slick attack has gained all of the plaudits this season, it is St Helens’ defence that is equally impressive. They only conceded two tries last week with them conceding just 11.4 points per game over the course of the season so far.

THE PREDICTION

Wakefield’s wait for a win continued last week as they were defeated by Leeds. They have lost their last two games by a combined three points and will hope that they can soon stop their losing run. That will be tough to come by against a St Helens side that continue to set the pace atop the Super League table. Their win over Hull last week meant they have still lost just one game this season. However, they will be without skipper James Roby who suffered a rib injury in that game and his loss could be a big one. Saints should still have too much this week but it will be interesting to see how they perform without Roby.

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