The fight for survival in Super League has taken a huge turn in recent weeks with Wakefield Trinity throwing a real spanner in the works for fellow strugglers Castleford Tigers, Trinity snapped their 14 game winless streak with victory against Leeds Rhinos before following it up with three more wins including a dramatic golden point one against Wigan Warriors.
Following the weekend demolition of Warrington Wolves, which resulted in the dismissal of head coach Daryl Powell, Trinity are on a run of four wins in six and have now drawn level on points with the Tigers.
They still sit bottom of the table with Cas in eleventh, just edging out their rivals out points difference with a margin of 12 separating the two sides.
That could all change this weekend though with Castleford facing a resurgent Huddersfield on Friday night, a heavy loss would see them drop to the foot of the table, before Wakefield play on Sunday at Hull FC.
One man who can’t play on Sunday against his former team is Josh Griffin with Wakefield’s mid-season signing still suspended after seeing red for abuse of a match official whilst playing for the Black and Whites.
He will however be available to face another former club in Castleford Tigers in the following round of Super League, his ban having been completed by that point.
That is set to be a massive boost for Trinity and with the impact that mid-season signings such as Luke Gale, David Fifita, Will Dagger, Innes Senior and others have had it really can’t be understated what a difference Griffin could make,
He tweeted earlier today clearly excited about his upcoming return.
Last week of pre season!!
— Josh Griffin (@joshogriffo) August 2, 2023
If results go Wakefield’s way this weekend then a win at Belle Vue against Castleford in two weeks time would mean that they had opened up a four point gap, and created a major points difference advantage too.
The game is expected to be a sell-out and has already been selected for Sky Sports’ coverage with neutral fans far and wide all set to be focused in on the game that could decide relegation.
One fan responded to Griffin’s tweet referencing the huge mood boost around the club at the moment, and if Griffin has a dream debut that secures a win then Belle Vue might just erupt.
Lol!!! Back for @CTRLFC game!!! What a game to to start with !!! Camp must be buzzing at the mo!😍
— Matt Boocock (@mattboocock) August 2, 2023