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15 Aug 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Wakefield Trinity vs St Helens Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 16th August, 19:45

Where? The Mobile Rocket Stadium

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Action

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://trinity.mysportstickets.co.uk/

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Annakin, Arona, Ashurst, Batchelor, England, Fifita, Grix, Hampshire, Horo, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Danny Kirmond

  • Wakefield proved too good for Hull in the second half as Trinity moved up a place in the table. Whilst being too far back to threaten the top 4, they will have fifth place in their sights and began their Super 8s campaign with a hard-fought win in poor conditions, claiming a 13-31 victory.

  • Scott Grix returns to the 19-man squad and takes the place of Keegan Hirst in the only change to last week.

  • Wakefield are one of just three teams to beat St Helens in the league this season and will be looking to become the first side to defeat the league leaders twice.

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Ashworth, Barba, Costello, Douglas, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Percival, Richardson, Roby, A. Smith, M. Smith, Taia, Wilkin

Unavailable: Alex Walmsley, Ryan Morgan, Dom Peyroux, Luke Thompson

  • St Helens lost the first game of their Super 8s campaign as they were defeated by Huddersfield last week. The Giants raced into a 0-16 lead and that proved to be enough as they kept Saints at bay with the final score reading 12-16.

  • Luke Thompson is a big loss for Saints with the ever-improving prop out with a suspension. Adam Swift is also left out with Jack Ashworth coming in whilst Aaron Smith receives a rare call-up.

  • St Helens’ run of 11 straight wins in Super League came to an end with last week’s defeat and following their Challenge Cup exit in the previous week, it is the first time that Saints have lost back-to-back games all season.

THE PREDICTION

St Helens didn’t overcome their Challenge Cup exit last week and now travel to Wakefield who will smell blood. Trinity have already beaten Saints at home this season and only lost by four points when the two met in Round 19. Wakefield were on the end of some controversial decisions that night and will be out for revenge. Whilst Saints’ place at the top of the table is secure, they will want to get out of this slump whilst it is just a mini one. A third loss in a row would start to ring alarm bells and that could happen in this game. Saints have struggled for go-forward recently and the loss of the man who makes most of their impact in Luke Thompson through suspension could be problematic for Saints. Wakefield will fancy their chances and on home soil, they can claim the win.

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