Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Trinity: Preview

Warrington Wolves 40-18 St Helens

Warrington Wolves will play Wakefield Trinity on Saturday afternoon with the home side entering the game after two wins over the Easter Weekend. Tony Smith’s side backed up their first win against Leeds with narrow victories over Cheshire rivals Widnes and Huddersfield Giants. On the other hand, Trinity picked up two losses, one on Good Friday away at Castleford and the other at home to the Wigan Warriors.

Warrington’s victory against Huddersfield on Easter Monday was far from straight forward with Danny Brough missing a touchline conversion with the last kick of the game to level the scores. Despite this, it was still another valuable win for the Wolves as they continue their road to recovery after a dreadful start to the season.

Ryan Atkins, Matty Russell and Kevin Brown are back in contention after suffering from concussion whilst Mike Cooper misses out after failing the head test. Elsewhere, Toby King is out with a training injury and Daryl Clark misses out through suspension.

Wakefield were unlucky on Monday in their tough loss at home against the World Champions Wigan. The game was in the balance until Liam Marshall’s try three minutes from the end sealed the win for Shaun Wane’s men. There were still plenty of positives for Chris Chester in defeat but will look to improve in their finishing of chances as they take on the in-form Wolves.

Chester has named James Batchelor and Jordan Crowther in his squad to face Warrington; replacing Mitch Allgood (Broken Hand) and Matty Ashurst (Calf) who drop out through injury.

Warrington 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

Wakefield 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.

Referee: Phil Bentham

Video Referee: Ben Thaler

Touch-judges: M Craven and W Turley