Wakefield Trinity v Widnes Vikings: Preview

Leigh Centurions 26-40 Wakefield Trinity

Wakefield Trinity host the Widnes Vikings at the Beaumont Legal Stadium on Friday night as both sides enter the game after victories last time out. Wakefield were impressive in the South of France, defeating Catalans 38-18, meanwhile the Vikings picked up their first win of the season away at the Leigh Centurions with a score of 37-24.

Last time out winger Ben Jones-Bishop scored a hat-trick as Trinity produced a solid display in Perpignan to make it back-to-back wins. It was an inspiring performance from the former Leeds man and allowed the Yorkshire side to easily deal with the French outfit.

Wakefield head coach Chris Chester has once again named an unchanged side as Trinity look to pick up three wins on the run; they will hope that Jones-Bishop continues his fine form from their last fixture into this one as all 19 players retain their places.

For Widnes, Danny Craven was the main man in helping them win at the Leigh Sports Village; he too scored a hat-trick of tries for Widnes as they swept aside their near neighbours from Greater Manchester. It was a fantastic display from the Vikings with six academy graduates playing in the match, something that delighted coach Denis Betts.

Greg Burke, Macgraff Leuluai, Danny Walker and Stefan Marsh will miss the trip to the Beaumont Legal Stadium after picking up knocks against Leigh, but the Vikings will be boosted by the return of captain Joe Mellor, Corey Thompson, Alex Gerrard and Gil Dudson. The Vikings will hope to use the return of Mellor as a boost to pick up their second win of the season.

Wakefield Squad: Allgood, Arona, Arundel, Ashurst, Batchelor, Fifita, Finn, Grix, Hadley, Hirst, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Kirmond, Miller, Tupou, Walker, Williams, Wood.

Widnes Squad: Armstrong, Brand, Bridge, Brooks, J Chapelhow, T Chapelhow, Craven, Dudson, Gerrard, Gilmore, Hanbury, Houston, Johnstone, Manuokafoa, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, Thompson, Whitley.

Referee: Chris Kendall

Touch-judges: S Kilpatrick and G Dolan