2018 Super League – Hull KR vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 2nd February, 20:00

Where? KCOM Craven Park

What channel is it on? Hull KR vs Wakefield Trinity will not be televised live

Are tickets still available? http://www.tickethour.co.uk/hk...

Where can I stream the match? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

HULL KR

Head Coach: Tim Sheens

Squad: Atkin, Blair, Carney, Clarkson, Greenwood, Hefferenan, Jewitt, Kavanagh, Lee, Lunt, Marsh, Masoe, McGuire, Minns, Mulhern, Quinlan, Salter, Shaw, Walne

Unavailable: Nick Scruton, George Lawler, Danny Addy, Josh Johnson, James Donaldson

  • Hull KR return to Super League after a one-year absence after they were promoted at Leigh’s expense last season.
  • Head coach Tim Sheens already has a growing injury-list to contend with. Nick Scruton, George Lawler, Danny Addy, Josh Johnson and James Donaldson all miss out although ex-Leeds Rhinos man Danny McGuire is set for his debut.
  • Rovers will come up against a side that they have got the better of in recent meetings having won six of the last eight Super League matches between the two sides.

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Annakin, Arona, Ashurst, Caton-Brown, England, Fifita, Finn, Grix, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Kirmond, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Randell

  • Last season’s surprise package Wakefield will be hoping to build on their success and go one better this year by earning a top four place come the end of round 30. They narrowly missed out in the final round of games but ended the season in fifth-place, just one-point behind fourth-placed St Helens.
  • Chris Chester has no injury problems to contend with and has stated how difficult it has been to name a 19-man squad with him having to leave plenty of talent on the sidelines. New signings Ryan Hampshire, Justin Horo and Pauli Pauli are all set to make their debuts.
  • Having been defeated against the same opponents back in 2007 when Hull KR were first promoted to Super League, Wakefield will be hoping to avoid the same outcome as they again face Rovers first-up following their promotion last season.

KEY STATS

  • Hull KR have won 6 of the last 8 Super League meetings between the two sides
  • There has been a total of 322 point scored in the last 6 Super League meetings between the two sides at an average of 53.7 per game
  • There has been a total of 60 tries scored in the last 6 Super League meetings between the two sides at an average of 10 per game
  • Wakefield Trinity have scored at least 16 points in 19 of their last 20 Super League matches
  • Wakefield Trinity’s Ben Jones-Bishop was their leading try scorer with 20 tries in his 27 Super League appearances last season

THE PREDICTION

Hull KR’s return to Super League has been a little understated after failing to land many of their targets. They did however manage to convince Danny McGuire to prolong his career and he will be the key man for them this season. They face a tough opening test against former coach Chris Chester who almost guided Wakefield to a semi-final spot last year. His side were impressive last season and with several quality additions, they can begin where they left off in 2017 with a win here.