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Wakefield Trinity v Catalans Dragons

Wakefield Trinity play host to the Catalans Dragons on Sunday afternoon with both teams entering the game with three wins and three losses in their last six games. Wakefield had a tough pill to swallow after a 22-20 loss to the Warrington Wolves last time out whilst the Dragons will want to avenge their 38-18 loss to the Trinity earlier this month.

Last Saturday Chris Chester’s side blew a commanding lead with Tom Lineham’s late try denying them a famous win at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Wakefield will take positives from the loss after holding a 12-0 lead from exploding out of the blocks but they should have won the game after controlling it for the most part.

Chester has named his 19-man squad with two change from their defeat to the Warrington Wolves; Max Jowitt and Jordan Crowther withdraw with Joe Arundel and Matty Ashurst returning from injury for Trinity.

Last weekend the Catalans Dragons had a run of three consecutive wins before suffering 42-22 defeat at the hands of Champions Wigan. It was a tough defeat for the Dragons to take after been in contention for much of the game before conceding a flurry of late points at the DW Stadium.

Still without seven key players, Laurent Frayssinous has named an unchanged side; with players such as Greg Bird, Jodie Broughton and Krisnan Inu still out injured.

Wakefield Squad: Arona, Arundel, Ashurst, Batchelor, Caton-Brown, England, Fifita, Finn, Gibson, Grix, Hadley, Hirst, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Kirmond, Miller, Williams, Wood.

Catalans Squad: Gigot, Yaha, Walsh, Myler, Moa, Aiton, Casty, Anderson, Bousquet, Garcia, Bosc, Duport, Simon, Thornley, Albert, Da Costa, Margalet, Belmas, Perez.

Referee: Phil Bentham

Touch-judges: N Bennett and S Kilpatrick