Wakefield Trinity host Hull FC tonight as they seek their first win of the season and following a gutsy performance against Warrington, could this be the time?
It’s certainly getting to a point where Trinity could be cut adrift from the bottom of the table and two wins on the spin for fellow strugglers and Thursday’s opponents Hull FC makes this even more crucial.
Trinity battled hard with 12 men for the final 20 minutes against Warrington having gone in at the break drawing and that inspired performance could be a platform for them to build on and get their first two points of the season.
The game kicks off at 20:00.
TV coverage starts at 19:30 on Sky Sports Arena.
Mark Applegarth again named Luke Gale with the former Man of Steel and Leeds Rhinos skipper possibly set haunt his old side but there was again no guarantee he’d play.
Gale was named in the squad last week and was then left out to allow him to get ready and this week Applegarth warned he could put his faith in Morgan Smith after being impressed by him last week.
And in a huge shock, Gale has been left out of the side.
This means Mason Lino and Morgan Smith start in the halves again.
Lee Gaskell remains at centre with Will Dagger at fullback.
Star back row Kelepi Tanginoa is named with Harry Bowes at nine and Lima Hood on the bench.
Tom Lineham meanwhile returns to feature.
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As for Hull FC, in form young fullback Davy Litten rightly remains at fullback. There is also a first start for Jake Trueman as the former Castleford Tigers youngster looks to make an impact against his former rivals.
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Hull are also without Joe Cator and Brad Fash.