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07 Sep 2017 by TSZ

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The Lowdown

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield maintained their place in the top four with a hugely important win away at Salford last week. The win saw them retain a one-point lead over fifth-placed Wigan whilst also closing the gap on third-placed Hull FC to a single point.
  • Chris Chester has named an unchanged 19-man squad from the trip to Salford with the Trinity boss likely to stick with the same 17 after such a convincing victory.
  • A win here for Wakefield would mean Saints cannot catch them in the battle for a semi-final but it will be a tough task against a side that have won 15 of the last 17 Super League meetings between the two sides.

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Chris Annakin, Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, Mason Caton-Brown, Anthony England, David Fifita, James Hasson, Liam Finn, Scott Grix, Dean Hadley, Keegan Hirst, Craig Huby, Ben Jones-Bishop, Danny Kirmond, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Tyler Randell, Bill Tupou

Unavailable: Adam Walker (Suspended), Tom Johnstone (Knee), Mitch Allgood (Injured), James Batchelor (Injured), Kyle Wood (Injured), Max Jowitt, Sam Williams

ST HELENS

  • St. Helens' season looks set to come to a premature end after they fell to defeat at home to local rivals Wigan Warriors last weekend after never really recovering from going 0-12 down inside the first five minutes.
  • The defeat was Saints' third loss in a row and now leaves them sitting in sixth place, three points outside the top four with just three games left to play.
  • Justin Holbrook has sprung a surprise in his 19-man squad with Kyle Amor dropping out to make way for young halfback Danny Richardson, meaning a change in the halves could be afoot.

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

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

Unavailable: Kyle Amor, Tommy Lee, Adam Swift, Jake Spedding

Analysis - what to expect
Wakefield's dream season continues and they now have their semi-final fate in their own hands as they prepare to play the three sides directly involved in the battle for the top four. First up is the visit of St. Helens with Trinity able to end Saints' season if they can come out on top. St. Helens have suffered three defeats on the trot having looked like they would claim fourth place but now need plenty to go their way if they are to make the semi-finals. Despite their poor record against Saints, they've scored a minimum of 24 points in five of their last seven games at home in Super League and a repeat of that in this one should see them end Saints' season.

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