BIG MATCH PREVIEW: WILDCATS VS. WOLVES

posted on 13 April 2013

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats host Warrington Wolves at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium tomorrow, Sunday 14th April, kick-off 3.30pm in round 11 of Super League.

Lee Smith could deputise at full-back for the injured Richard Mathers.

Team News

The hosts are set to welcome back Danny Kirmond from a knee injury though after he missed the trip to Wigan last week while prop Justin Poore and vice-captain Richard Mathers will miss out through suspension and injuries respectively. Frankie Mariano and Kyle Trout are reinstated to Richard Agar’s 19-man squad with a number of players able to fill the void full-back role.

Paul Sykes played the number one position after the injury to Mathers at Wigan while Lee Smith has won a Grand Final from there which has often been filled by Ben Cockayne and Reece Lyne at their former clubs.

Warrington have also named their 19-man squad as they travel from Cheshire and will be without Lee Briers in their headline team news which can be seen in full HERE.

Previous meetings

The visitors have certainly had the edge over Wakefield over recent times with Warrington being victorious in the last six meetings. In fact, the last Wildcats win against them was on 21st August 2009 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium when the visitors won 40-28.

In that time former Wildcat Ryan Atkins has proved to be a thorn in the Wakefield side and has scored eight tries in the last four games against his old employers.

Super League summary:

Wakefield won 13

Warrington won 18

Wakefield highest score: 50-10 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)

Warrington highest score: 66-12 (H, 2011) (also widest margin)

To continue with the statistical preview of the game, Paul Sykes has the longest scoring streak in the whole of Super League, having registered points in the Wildcats’ last 31 games.

He last failed to score in his debut for the club, a 36-0 away defeat to London Broncos on 31 March, 2012.  He has played and scored in every Wildcats game since then, with his scoring streak starting in a 34-16 defeat at home to Castleford on 6 April, 2012.

Programme preview

This week’s edition of ‘The Trinity’ is once again an outstanding read with a feature interview with the versatile back Lee Smith.

The number four has scored three tries in his last three games, while utilising his ability to play in various positions across the back line and he could even play at full-back against Warrington. The Trinity caught up with the three time Grand Final winner and as a small taste to what he had to say you can read below:

“I’m going alright at the minute and I have plenty of things to improve on but I’m pretty happy where I am at the moment. I can line up at full-back and it is a position I do like playing as you get a bit of a free role and you’re not stuck to the centre or wing you can roam about and you get your hands on the ball quite a bit which is something I do like.

“It’s obviously up to Rich who plays there but if I do play there Sunday I’ll be looking forward to it and hopefully get my hands on the ball and find a few opportunities. I said to Rich that I wanted to get a bit more involved and have a bit more of a free role by getting my hands on the ball more.

“This week does open up some new doors and hopefully I can take advantage of this spot if I get put there and really put my name down to stay in that middle and getting that free role.”

The Wildcats matchday magazine costs just £2.50 and with its brand new design for 2013 it is a bargain for both home and away supporters.

The Trinity takes a look at Tony Smith’s Warrington side while Chairman Andrew Glover and head coach Richard Agar both have their say in their columns.

Catch up with news on the Wakefield academy sides while there is an update the Rugby League World Cup amongst a host of other articles in the 64-page programme.

Fanzone

Once again there’s plenty to do to keep you entertained before the game in our Fanzone with a bouncy castle, balloon modeling and the chance to grab some Wildcats merchandise.  The Wakey Wheeled Cats will be there if you want to find out more about the exhilarating sport of roller derby and the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust will also be letting you know how you can be involved in a fun run.

Turnstile and bar opening times

Turnstiles for the game will open at 2pm, with Cats Bar open from 1.30pm.
Further spectator information

The Western Terrace will be the only mixed terrace on Sunday.  There will be a zero tolerance policy to any supporters breaching the RESPECT Policy and will be ejected from the stadium.  The club ask that all fans support both the RESPECT Policy and stewards on the day so everyone can have an enjoyable matchday experience.
If you see or hear anyone saying anything unacceptable then you can text our ‘Tackle It’ number with the area of the ground it has taken place and the details so the club can deal with it.  Anyone found to be abusing this number will also be dealt with accordingly.

Ticket information

Adults do save £2 on pre-purchasing their tickets for Sunday’s Wakefield game. Adults tickets are £20 in advance while concessions are just £12 either before or on matchday. Buy yours today from the Ridings Centre or Trinity Walk stores or by calling 01924 210548.

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