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22 Jul 2017 by TSZ

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The Lowdown

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield returned to winning ways with a strong display away at Widnes last week, a result that leaves Trinity's top 4 hopes in their own hands having won eight of their last 11 Super League games.
  • Chris Chester welcomes new signing James Hasson into his squad as well as Reece Lyne, who has served his suspension. Max Jowitt and Anthony England drop out of the squad.
  • Wakefield have been solid defensively at home this season and may need to be again in order to secure their top 4 berth. On average, Trinity concede 2.9 tries per game at home, which is the third least in Super League.

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Chris Annakin, Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, Mason Caton-Brown, David Fifita, Liam Finn, James Hasson, Scott Grix, Dean Hadley, Keegan Hirst, Craig Huby, Ben Jones-Bishop, Danny Kirmond, Reece Lyne, Bill Tupou, Adam Walker, Sam Williams, Kyle Wood

Unavailable: Tom Johnstone (Knee), Jacob Miller (Leg), Mitch Allgood (Injured), James Batchelor (Injured), Anthony England, Max Jowitt

ST HELENS

  • St. Helens produced a strong end to the game to overcome a Catalans side that had led for most of the game last weekend. Saints scored more than a point a minute in the final 25 minutes to come out on top and keep the pressure on the top 4.
  • Justin Holbrook is able to name an unchanged squad for this game, with scrum half Matty Smith still unavailable following double eye surgery.
  • St. Helens are a completely different side away from home than the one that has lost only one of their last 17 Super League games on home soil. In contrast to that, Saints have lost their last seven on the road in Super League.

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Kyle Amor, Luke Douglas, Theo Fages, Regan Grace, Morgan Knowles, Tommy Lee, Matty Lees, Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Ryan Morgan, Mark Percival, Dominique Peyroux, Danny Richardson, James Roby, Zeb Taia, Luke Thompson, Alex Walmsley, Jon Wilkin

Unavailable: Ben Barba (Suspended), Matty Smith (Eye), Jack Ashworth (Injured), Adam Swift

Analysis - what to expect
The final game of the regular season in Super League is a significant one with plenty on the line for both teams. Wakefield can complete an impressive performance during the first 23 rounds by finishing inside the top 4 to earn an extra home game in the Super 8s. Trinity can afford to lose by 14 points and still retain 4th place in the table but a positive result would see them lift to 3rd. St. Helens on the other hand are currently three points behind Wakefield and won't want that gap to increase any further as they pursue a semi-final spot. It's difficult to ignore Saints' away form and with Wakefield defending well at home this season, they can keep the visitors at bay and end the regular season in an impressive position.

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