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27 Sep 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Wakefield Trinity vs Warrington Wolves Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 28th September, 19:45

Where? Mobile Rocket Stadium

What channel is it on? Wakefield Trinity vs Warrington Wolves will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

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

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Annakin, Arona, Arundel, Ashurst, Batchelor, Crowther, Hampshire, Horo, Huby, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt, Kirmond, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood, Wray

Unavailable: David Fifita, Tom Johnstone, Anthony England, Scott Grix

  • Wakefield were heavily beaten by Castleford last week. Trinity tried to play some enterprising stuff but it backfired on them early on and they couldn't recover as they were on the wrong end of a 42-10 scoreline.

  • Chris Chester will be without Anthony England and Scott Grix for Wakefield’s final game of 2018. Both have picked up injuries so are replaced by Max Jowitt and youngster Lewis Wray, who could make his Super League debut.

  • Wakefield continued their sequence of losing a game after a win but will be hoping the W-L sequence continues here on the back of last week’s defeat.

WARRINGTON WOLVES

Head Coach: Steve Price

Squad: Akauola, Atkins, Charnley, Clark, Cooper, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, Johnson, G. King, T. King, Livett, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Smith, Thompson, Westwood

Unavailable: Ben Currie, Mitch Brown, Tom Lineham, Tyrone Roberts, Kevin Brown

  • Warrington went down to St Helens in their dress rehearsal for next week’s semi-final. The Wolves suffered plenty of disruption to their side during the game and it proved too much to handle against an impressive Saints side as they lost 14-34.

  • Sitaleki Akauola returns to the squad after a five-match absence through a combination of suspension and injury. He comes back into contention with Daryl Clark and Jack Hughes who both sat out last week. Tyrone Roberts, Kevin Brown and Ben Pomeroy make way.

  • Warrington have now lost their last two matches and will be keen to turn things around before their semi-final next week. A third loss in a row would be tough to turn around against a St Helens side that they have lost to on all three occasions this season.

THE PREDICTION

Warrington head to Wakefield still licking their wounds from last week’s defeat against league leaders St Helens, the side they will travel to in next week’s semi-final. They were hampered by injuries to key men during that game and must now face Wakefield without their first-choice halves. Wakefield will be looking to bounce back from last week’s heavy defeat as they aim to end the season on a high with a win here securing them fifth place. They will be without a handful of players themselves but will be confident of ending the season well on home soil. Warrington might have one eye on next week and take their eye off the task in hand here with Wakefield able to capitalise and seal fifth place.

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