Champions St Helens have looked formidable in the opening two rounds defeating both Catalans and Hull FC. On the flip side, Wakefield have yet to win a game but have shown some positive signs and will be determined to cause St Helens problems tomorrow.
Saints have conceded just 14 points in the opening two games ploughing through last year’s league leaders and the Black and Whites on the back of a powerful pack.
Wakefield meanwhile only lost to Hull FC by four points and Catalans by two as they showed they shouldn’t be taken lightly.
For the third time in a row to start the season, St Helens have again named an unchanged squad. There is of course a doubt hanging over Will Hopoate due to the rib injury which kept him out of the win at Hull with Josh Simm scoring twice that day.
As for Wakefield, they welcome back Jacob Miller and David Fifita which will certainly be a massive boost for Trinity going into this game. They are without Liam Hood however and will still have a problem at halfback with Lee Gaskell and Mason Lino absent.
Konrad Hurrell v Corey Hall: Two centres who left Leeds at the end of 2021 do battle tomorrow both of whom have very different reputations. Hall was relatively unknown but has shone brightly in the opening two rounds and will be looking forward to the challenge presented by former teammate Hurrell. The Tongan has looked a lot sharper in a Saints shirt and will want to exploit Hall’s inexperience.
Morgan Knowles v Jordy Crowther: If Wakefield are going to have a chance in this game, they’re going to have to limit the impact of St Helens’ world class pack including Morgan Knowles: the league’s best loose-forward. His opposite number will be key to that and with a good skillset, Crowther may help Trinity test St Helens’ brilliant defence.
Agnatius Paasi v David Fifita: Both these players are nearly unstoppable when they come off the bench and run at tired defences, so the impact prop who has the most joy may turn the game in their side’s favour.
Where the game will be won and lost:
Wakefield have a very resurgent side but can the handle the Champions? You’d probably have to say no but that’s true of most sides in Super League at the moment. If Trinity are to stand a chance, they will have to limit the impact of the Saints pack and also take their chances when they come which may mean playing some off the cuff rugby.
Prediction: St Helens 28-6 Wakefield Trinity