WILDCATS V HULL FC MATCH PREVIEW

posted on 22 April 2016

Wakefield welcome Hull FC to Belle Vue Stadium on Sunday, kick-off 3pm, hoping for a sixth straight victory under Chris Chester.

Having beaten Salford, Wigan and Sheffield Eagles at Belle Vue already in April, the Wildcats will be looking to maintain their impressive form against a Hull side who have themselves won five of their last six games, knowing that a win could take the Wildcats into the top eight for the first time this season.

Chester has made five changes to the side that beat Sheffield Eagles 44-10 in the Challenge Cup on Friday, with Reece Lyne, Jonny Molloy, Scott Moore, Nick Scruton and Captain Danny Kirmond returning to the 19-man squad, having all been rested for the win over the Eagles.

Scott Anderson, Stuart Howarth, Jason Walton and Andy Yates all drop-out of the match day squad, alongside centre Joe Arundel, who is expected to be out for around a month having sustained a knee injury in the win.

Hull FC come to Belle Vue on the back of an impressive run of form, which has seen them rise to fourth in the Super League table, however their five game winning run came to an end last weekend as they were edged out 20-18 by Leeds Rhinos at Headingley.

The Black and Whites will be aiming to build on their impressive start to the season though, and have been boosted by the news that club captain Gareth Ellis has signed a new contract extension this week.

Ellis is one of two changes to Lee Radford’s squad from the defeat at Leeds, as he returns to the match day 19 along-side fellow back-rower Mark Minichiello.

Both players have recovered from injuries which kept them out of the game at Headingley, and replace Josh Bowden and Steve Michaels in the squad, while half-back Leon Pryce could return to the starting line-up after a spell on the side-lines with a knee injury.

The two sides have already met this season just over a month ago, and while Hull FC ran out 22-4 winners at the KC Stadium, it was a much improved performance from previous weeks by the Wildcats, and preceded the five game winning run the team will be eager to extend this weekend.

Wildcats 19-man squad: Chris Annakin, Tinirau Arona, Matty Ashurst, Anthony England, Liam Finn, Ashley Gibson, Craig Hall, Tom Johnstone, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, Danny Kirmond, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Jonny Molloy, Scott Moore, Nick Scruton, Mickael Simon, Mikey Sio, Anthony Tupou

Hull FC 19-man squad: Gareth Ellis, Mahe Fonua, Chris Green, Dean Hadley, Danny Houghton, Sika Manu, Mark Minichiello, Curtis Naughton, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Frank Pritchard, Leon Pryce, Jamie Shaul, Marc Sneyd, Fetuli Talanoa, Scott Taylor, Jordan Thompson, Danny Washbrook, Liam Watts, Kirk Yeaman

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