2020 Super League – Hull KR vs Wakefield Trinity Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Hull KR vs Wakefield Trinity taking place? Friday 31st January, 2020 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Hull KR vs Wakefield Trinity taking place? Hull College Craven Park

What is the expected weather for Hull KR vs Wakefield Trinity? 10c in mostly cloudy skies

What channel is Hull KR vs Wakefield Trinity on? Hull KR vs Wakefield Trinity will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Hull KR vs Wakefield Trinity? Hull KR vs Wakefield Trinity cannot be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Hull KR vs Wakefield Trinity? Click here for the official Super League ticket section

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Hull KR 10-38 Wakefield Trinity

THE TEAM NEWS

HULL KR

  • Hull KR narrowly avoided relegation last season and face a tough task to avoid getting sucked in to another relegation battle in 2020 with the club carrying out a huge overhaul of their squad.
  • Rovers have had a terrible pre-season and the club is still coming to terms with the career-ending injury suffered by prop Mose Masoe who will still act as a co-captain during his rehabilitation from a serious spinal injury.
  • Weller Hauraki and Dean Hadley are also sidelined for this first game whilst they have a handful of players carrying knocks but Tony Smith could hand out as many as seven debuts following the announcement of his first 21-man squad of the season.

21-man squad: Abdull, Brierley, Crooks, Dagger, Ellis, Garbutt, Gee, Kenny-Dowall, Lawler, Lewis, Linnett, Litten, Livett, Maher, Minchella, Minikin, Mulhern, Murray, Quinlan, Storton, Trout

Unavailable: Mose Masoe (Injured), Matt Parcell (Suspended), Weller Hauraki (Injured), Dean Hadley (Injured)

Questionable: Mitch Garbutt (Injured), Kane Linnett (Injured), Greg Minikin (Injured)

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield won their final game of the season to ensure they kept their place in Super League and will hope for a much better campaign this time around but will want to get off to a strong start against a side tipped to be fighting at the wrong end of the table in Hull KR.
  • Trinity have made several additions to their squad during the off-season but have a host of players out through injury for this season-opener with the likes of David Fifita and Chris Green leaving a hole in the front row.
  • Wakefield’s injury woes have seen them make a move in the loan market for Romain Navarrete who joins from Wigan for the season and he could make his debut alongside fellow new signing Joe Westerman in this contest.

21-man squad: Ashurst, Atkins, Batchelor, Brough, Gwaze, Hampshire, Johnstone, Jowitt, Kershaw, Kirmond, Kopczak, Lyne, Miller, Navarrete, Pitts, Tangata, Tanginoa, Tupou, Westerman, J. Wood, K. Wood

Unavailable: Ben Jones-Bishop (Illness), David Fifita (Injured), Tinirau Arona (Injured), Alex Walker (Injured), George King (Injured), Chris Green (Injured), Jordan Crowther (Injured), Yusuf Aydin (Injured)

Questionable: Matty Ashurst (Injured)

THE PREDICTION

Both Hull KR and Wakefield avoided the drop to the Championship on the final day of last season and will hope for better this time around. The pair have made significant changes to their squad, none more so than Hull KR who have brought in 20 new faces. Injury issues are apparent for both teams ahead of this clash, with Wakefield struggling with a long list of absentees but their squad looks to have the depth to cope and they should be able to edge this one.

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