Wakefield’s season has been given some late life recently and enough to drag them well away from the relegation scrap at the bottom of the table.
Just as their season has been given life, the two Hull teams have seen their seasons grind to a halt. Last week, Wakefield defeated Hull FC and they’ll be looking to back that up with a win over Hull KR as they look to end their season on a high.
Hull KR meanwhile will likely concede that their play-off hopes have gone now but have shown good character recently. They’re set to welcome some big signings next season so for them it’s about looking ahead to next year.
Wakefield have lost Liam Hood to a controversial and lengthy ban following an incident in the win over Hull FC. Jai Whitbread misses out through injury and Tinirau Arona is still a doubt through injury. Max Jowitt will be replaced by Jamie Shaul who missed last week against parent club Hull FC. Liam Kay is also back in the mix.
The Robins also had a player charged by the disciplinary but George King escaped a ban whilst Matt Parcell returns from a suspension as does Korbin Sims. They have sadly lost Lachlan Coote for the rest of the season due to another concussion. But Ethan Ryan is back in the mix.
Match Preview – Key Battles:
Lewis Murphy vs Ryan Hall: An exciting challenge for Lewis Murphy – Super League’s next scintillating winger – as he battles the wrecking ball veteran winger that is Ryan Hall. Pure pace up against tenacious strength, it’ll be a real learning experience for young Murphy.
Jacob Miller vs Mikey Lewis: Two halfbacks at opposite ends of their careers will meet this week and it should be fascinating to see the experienced yet creative Miller against the electric youngster in Mikey Lewis who can conjure something from nothing.
Jai Whitbread vs George King: Wakefield’s ability to tie Jai Whitbread down for next year may be the best bit of business Wakefield do prior to next season. He’s one of the league’s in form forwards and Hull KR will need to limit his threat if they’re to win. They have the perfect forward to do so in the shape of George King who escaped a ban last week.
Where the game will be won and lost:
We’ve seen Wakefield find some real form as of late and crucially they’ve also shown the ability to take their chances when they come and doing that here could lead them to another win.
Score Prediction: Wakefield Trinity 24-18 Hull KR