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23 Sep 2017 by TSZ

Wakefield Trinity vs Wigan Warriors Preview

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The Lowdown

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield came within inches of claiming a last-gasp draw at Hull FC last week but Liam Finn's drop goal was unsuccessful, a result which ended Wakefield's season following St Helens' victory over Salford on Thursday night.
  • Just two wins from their six games in the Super 8s has ultimately cost Trinity a spot in the top four but it's been a great season for the West Yorkshire side following battling relegation just two seasons ago.
  • Chris Chester has made two changes to his final squad of the season with Dean Hadley and Sam Williams returning for the injured James Hasson and Tyler Randell.

Head Coach: Chris Chester

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

Unavailable: Adam Walker (Suspended), Tom Johnstone (Knee), Mitch Allgood (Injured), James Hasson (Injured), Tyler Randell (Injured), Max Jowitt

WIGAN WARRIORS

  • Wigan fell to defeat at home to Castleford last week to leave their top four hopes out of their own hands. Hull's win against the Tigers on Friday means that Wigan's season will be over unless they beat Wakefield by a 90-point margin.
  • With such a miracle scoreline near impossible, they will still be confident of getting the win against a side they've beaten 14 times out of the last 17 league games.
  • Shaun Wane is boosted by the return of skipper Sean O'Loughlin with Joe Bretherton also earning a recall. The injured Joe Burgess makes way as well as Jack Wells.

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: John Bateman, Joe Burgess, Tony Clubb, Tom Davies, Liam Farrell, Anthony Gelling, Oliver Gildart, Willie Isa, Thomas Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Michael McIlorum, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Sam Powell, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Joel Tomkins, Sam Tomkins, Jack Wells, George Williams

Unavailable: Ben Flower (Achilles), Morgan Escaré (Knee), Dom Manfredi (Knee), Jake Shorrocks (Knee), Joe Burgess (Hamstring), Jack Wells

Analysis - what to expect
This game could have been a straight shootout for a play-off spot but St Helens and Hull put paid to that by beating Salford and Castleford respectively. The St Helens result ended Wakefield's impressive season whilst Wigan need a miracle to make the top four. Wigan's loss to Cas last week was their first defeat in five Super League games but they should get back to winning ways here at least.

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