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03 Jun 2017 by TSZ

Salford Red Devils vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

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The Lowdown

SALFORD RED DEVILS

  • Salford's impressive season continued as they won both of their games during last weekend's double header and have now won 10 of their last 11 Super League games.
  • George Griffin has returned from injury and comes into Ian Watson's 19-man squad for Mark Flanagan as the Red Devils look to keep up the pressure on league leaders Castleford.
  • Salford have won the last four Super League meetings when they've hosted Wakefield and if that run is extended to five, the Red Devils could mathematically secure their place in the Super 8s if other results go their way.

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Jake Bibby, Kriss Brining, Todd Carney, Michael Dobson, Niall Evalds, George Griffin, James Hasson, Weller Hauraki, Greg Johnson, Craig Kopczak, Olsi Krasniqi, Ryan Lannon, Rob Lui, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Gareth O'Brien, Junior Sa'u, Lama Tasi, Logan Tomkins, Kris Welham

Unavailable: Mark Flanagan, Jordan Walne, Adam Walne, Lee Mossop, Josh Jones

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield backed up their solid win against Huddersfield on Friday with a brilliant come-from-behind victory away at Wigan on Monday. They were 0-20 down after just 19 minutes but responded brilliantly to win the game 30-42.
  • Chris Chester has been dealt a triple injury blow this week with Jacob Miller, Adam Walker and Tinirau Arona all suffering significant injuries. Danny Kirmond and Scott Grix also miss out.
  • Keegan Hirst, Max Jowitt, Chris Annakin, Jordan Crowther and in-form winger Ben Jones-Bishop all return to the squad as Wakefield look to extend their winning run having won their last five Super League games.

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Chris Annakin, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, James Batchelor, Mason Caton-Brown, Jordan Crowther, Anthony England, David Fifita, Liam Finn, Ashley Gibson, Keegan Hirst, Craig Huby, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, Reece Lyne, Mikey Sio, Bill Tupou, Sam Williams, Kyle Wood

Unavailable: Tom Johnstone (Knee), Mitch Allgood (Hand), Jacob Miller (Leg), Adam Walker (Knee), Tinirau Arona (Hamstring), Scott Grix, Danny Kirmond


Analysis - what to expect
Two of the form sides in Super League meet in a game between this season's surprise packages. Salford have only failed to take the spoils in one of their last 11 Super League games whilst Wakefield have won their last five league games. A win here for Wakefield would see them consolidate their place in the top 4 but a win for Salford would see them keep the pressure on Castleford at the top of the table. Salford have been impressive during their run and it should continue here against a Wakefield side who may not be able to handle their growing injury list.

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