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26 May 2017 by TSZ

Wakefield Trinity vs Huddersfield Giants Preview

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The Lowdown

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield maintained their good form with a comfortable victory over Widnes at Magic Weekend. Trinity moved up to 5th in the table with that win and will be looking to try and force their way into the top 4 in the coming weeks.
  • Chris Chester has plenty of competition for places at the moment with only two injuries to his squad, which may help him rotate come the second part of this weekend's double header.
  • Wakefield have won four of their last five home Super League games as well as beating their opponents Huddersfield in three of their last four encounters.

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, James Batchelor, Mason Caton-Brown, Anthony England, David Fifita, Liam Finn, Ashley Gibson, Scott Grix, Keegan Hirst, Craig Huby, Ben Jones-Bishop, Danny Kirmond, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Bill Tupou, Sam Williams, Kyle Wood

Unavailable: Tom Johnstone (Knee), Mitch Allgood (Hand)

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

  • Huddersfield got themselves to within two points of the top 8 in the Super League table after an important victory over Catalans Dragons at Magic Weekend.
  • Rick Stone has been able to name an unchanged 19-man squad for the trip to Wakefield and it is likely he will stick with the same 17 that got the job done against Catalans barring any late knocks.
  • Huddersfield have only won two of their last 11 Super League matches but have been unfortunate in some games and with the top 8 now in sight, they will be looking to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Head Coach: Rick Stone

Squad: Jake Mamo, Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Lee Gaskell, Aaron Murphy, Sam Rapira, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Shannon Wakeman, Dale Ferguson, Kruise Leeming, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Oliver Roberts, Paul Clough, Nathan Mason, Sam Wood, Darnell McIntosh, Alex Mellor, Adam O'Brien, Martyn Ridyard

Unavailable: Danny Brough (Suspended), Tom Symonds (Knee), Ukuma Ta’ai (Back), Michael Lawrence (Knee)


Analysis - what to expect
Before the start of the season, Wakefield were mooted as a side who would be lingering around 8th position with their final placing potentially going either way come round 23. However, they've started the season well and now have loftier ambitions as they sit just one place outside of the top 4. Huddersfield on the other hand have struggled once again this season but a win last week leaves them within touching distance of the top 8. The visitors need to improve upon that performance to get the better of their hosts in this game but Wakefield are likely to continue their good form and place pressure on those sides immediately above them.

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