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09 Jun 2017 by TSZ

Wakefield Trinity vs Leeds Rhinos Preview

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The Lowdown

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield extended their winning run in Super League to six matches after they fought off a Salford fightback to claim the spoils last Sunday.
  • Chris Chester recalls Scott Grix after he was rested last weekend whilst Mitch Allgood and Hull loanee Dean Hadley return from injuries. Jordan Crowther, Ashley Gibson and Reece Lyne all drop out.
  • If Wakefield can extend their winning run to seven matches here, they would overtake opponents Leeds and would end the weekend in no lower than 3rd place.

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Mitch Allgood, Chris Annakin, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, James Batchelor, Mason Caton-Brown, Anthony England, David Fifita, Liam Finn, Scott Grix, Dean Hadley, Keegan Hirst, Craig Huby, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, Mikey Sio, Bill Tupou, Sam Williams, Kyle Wood

Unavailable: Tom Johnstone (Knee), Jacob Miller (Leg), Adam Walker (Knee), Tinirau Arona (Hamstring), Danny Kirmond (Knee)

LEEDS RHINOS

  • Leeds bounced back from their disappointing defeat against Widnes Vikings by beating Leigh Centurions by eight points at Headingley last Friday.
  • Brian McDermott is boosted by the return of Stevie Ward from suspension and Ashton Golding from injury with Josh Walters and Jordan Baldwinson making way.
  • Leeds have historically done very well against Wakefield, with the Rhinos claiming 15 of the last 18 matches in all competitions between the two sides.

Head Coach: Brian McDermott

Squad: Carl Ablett, Tom Briscoe, Rob Burrow, Adam Cuthbertson, Brett Ferres, Keith Galloway, Mitch Garbutt, Ashton Golding, Ryan Hall, Ash Handley, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Danny McGuire, Joel Moon, Anthony Mullally, Matt Parcell, Brad Singleton, Liam Sutcliffe, Stevie Ward, Kallum Watkins

Unavailable: Jimmy Keinhorst (Hand), Brett Delaney (Knee)

Analysis - what to expect
In an unlikely battle for positions within the top 4, Wakefield face Leeds with the victor guaranteeing that they end the weekend no lower than 3rd place in the Super League table. Wakefield have won their last six league games and produced an important win over Salford last weekend to keep in touch of 2nd place. Leeds are also in good form having won nine of their last 13 Super League games. However, in what should be a tight affair, it may pay to side with the home side as they look to continue their hot streak.

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