Wakefield Trinity vs Warrington Wolves Preview

The Lowdown


  • Wakefield fell to a disappointing defeat away at Hull last weekend. Having been in front heading into the final quarter, Hull scored five unanswered tries in the last 20 minutes to seal a convincing victory.
  • Chris Chester is able to recall Dean Hadley after the loanee was ineligible to face his parent side last week, whilst Jordan Crowther also returns with Max Jowitt and James Batchelor making way.
  • Wakefield are in a rut at the moment having lost their last three games in all competitions. They had won six Super League games in a row before those defeats and will hope to get back to winning ways here.

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Chris Annakin, Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, Mason Caton-Brown, Jordan Crowther, Anthony England, Liam Finn, Scott Grix, Dean Hadley, Keegan Hirst, Craig Huby, Ben Jones-Bishop, Reece Lyne, Mikey Sio, Bill Tupou, Adam Walker, Sam Williams, Kyle Wood

Unavailable: Tom Johnstone (Knee), Jacob Miller (Leg), David Fifita (Knee), Danny Kirmond (Injured), Mitch Allgood (Injured), James Batchelor (Injured), Max Jowitt


  • Warrington claimed their first win in Super League since the 5th of May with a victory over Catalans last weekend, a win that moved the Wolves to within three points of the top 8.
  • Tony Smith is likely to hand a debut to new signing Peta Hiku. The New Zealand international arrived from Penrith Panthers this week and is named in the squad alongside Stefan Ratchford who returns from suspension. Tom Lineham and Joe Westerman miss out through injury.
  • Warrington need to kick on from last week's win but must do so away from home. The Wolves have struggled on their travels this season, winning just one of their last nine Super League matches.

Head Coach: Tony Smith

Squad: Ryan Atkins, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Will Dagger, Brad Dwyer, Kurt Gidley, Peta Hiku, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Jack Johnson, Benjamin Jullien, George King, Declan Patton, Kevin Penny, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Andre Savelio, Ashton Sims, Sam Wilde

Unavailable: Toby King (Hamstring), Ben Currie (Knee), Ben Westwood (Hand), Rhys Evans (Shoulder), Harvey Livett (Hamstring), Matty Russell (Knee), Kevin Brown (Foot), Joe Westerman (Hip), Tom Lineham (Abductor Muscle), Dominic Crosby

Analysis - what to expect
As the end of the regular season draws ever closer, it's a crucial period for both of these sides. Wakefield still have a great chance of finishing inside the top 4 - which would give them an extra home game in the Super 8s - but they need to get back on track having lost their last three games. Warrington face a different battle as they attempt to avoid the Middle 8s, and they realistically know a defeat here would leave them with a huge task on their hands. Warrington have dominated Wakefield for a long period, winning 15 of the last 17 encounters, but Warrington's away form might allow Wakefield to put a slightly better look on that record come the end of this game.