Friday nights clash between Salford and Wakefield has massive implications for both sides.
Salford returned to winning ways last week against Huddersfield, however a win against Wakefield would go a long way to settling the nerves ahead of the run in.
They currently sit in sixth place, but they are joint on points with Warrington in fifth and Hull KR in seventh, and only two points ahead of Leeds in eighth and Hull FC in ninth. A win against Wakefield would go a long way to giving them some breathing room in that race for playoffs, but it’s a tough ask against a Trinity outfit fighting for their Super League survival.
Paul Rowley has named a strong 21-man-squad for the game, which includes Brodie Croft, Mark Sneyd and Ryan Brierley. Andy Ackers completes the spine.
Elsewhere, Kallum Watkins is included in the side. Tim Lafai is also named and looks set to feature in the centres.
Turning attention to the pack, Brad Singleton is named in the squad and looks set to feature alongside Oliver Partington in the middle.
For the Trin, this feels like a must win game following their defeat to Castleford last time out. They now sit two points behind their bitter rivals at the foot of the table, but a win against Salford could see them pull level on points again.
They got the better of the Red Devils last time the sides met, and they pushed them close in the first meeting; so they could pull off an upset on Friday.
Mark Applegarth has named his side for the clash, which sees Romain Franco come in for Hugo Salabio in the only change.
It looks likely Mason Lino and Luke Gale will again partner in the halves, and Josh Griffin is in line to feature in the centres again after his impressive performance on his second debut.
In the pack, Renouf Atoni and David Fifita will again look to add impact from the bench as they make the 21, and Kevin Proctor could feature in the loose forward role.
— Wakefield Trinity (@WTrinityRL) August 23, 2023