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22 Apr 2017 by TSZ

Warrington Wolves vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

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The Lowdown

WARRINGTON WOLVES

  • After their disastrous start to the season, the Warrington Wolves have well and truly turned the corner now as they have won their last three matches and are producing something close to their best form.
  • Tony Smith welcomes back Kevin Brown after he has missed the last three games with concussion but talented youngster Declan Patton keeps his place in the squad despite his return.
  • Daryl Clark is banned while Mike Cooper and Toby King are injured but Ryan Atkins, Matty Russell and Joe Westerman all return to bolster Smith's squad and options for this game.

Head Coach: Tony Smith

Squad: Ryan Atkins, Kevin Brown, Brad Dwyer, Rhys Evans, Kurt Gidley, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Benjamin Jullien, George King, Tom Lineham, Harvey Livett, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Matty Russell, Andre Savelio, Ashton Sims, Joe Westerman, Sam Wilde

Unavailable: Daryl Clark (Suspended), Mike Cooper (Head), Toby King (Hamstring), Ben Westwood (Suspended), Ben Currie (Knee), Dom Crosby (Personal reasons), Matty Blythe, Jack Johnson

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield lost both matches over the Easter holidays to lose some momentum after three wins in a row but their confidence will not be dented too much coming into this game.
  • Mitch Allgood and Matty Ashurst are both out injured so that means forwards James Batchelor and Jordan Crowther will come into the side, while Chris Chester has other injury concerns to consider.
  • Dean Hadley requires a late fitness test while Chester is also planning to rest veteran half-back Scott Grix after playing both games over Easter, so youngster Max Jowitt could be handed a start.

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Tinirau Arona, James Batchelor, Mason Caton-Brown, Jordan Crowther, Anthony England, David Fifita, Liam Finn, Ashley Gibson, Scott Grix, Dean Hadley, Keegan Hirst, Craig Huby, Tom Johnstone, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, Danny Kirmond, Jacob Miller, Sam Williams, Kyle Wood

Unavailable: Mitch Allgood (Injured), Matty Ashurst (Injured), Joe Arundel (Head), Bill Tupou (Head), Reece Lyne (Knee), Chris Annakin, Mikey Sio, Anthony Walker


Analysis - what to expect
All the momentum is with Warrington at the moment as they are unbeaten in the last month and the physio room is showing signs of clearing now. Wakefield's start to the season has been positive overall but their lack of strength in depth took its toll over the Easter period and that could well be the case here also. This is a tough assignment for Chris Chester's men and the Wolves could win this comfortably.

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