Written by: Alex Davis
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats play at Belle Vue once again as Wigan Warriors come to visit on Sunday 10th April 2016, kick off 3pm.
The Wildcats will be looking to extend their great form after three consecutive wins over the Easter period which has left Trinity bearing down on the top eight.
Chris Chester has made two changes to the 19-man squad that were victorious over Salford Red Devils last week: Stuart Howarth and Ashley Gibson return after missing out on the previous game.
Duo Craig Hall and Jason Walton drop out of the squad to make way for the return of Howarth and Gibson.
Howarth has proved a key player for the Wildcats this season, making eight appearances already and scoring three tries. Gibson has also played three times this season since joining from Castleford Tigers in the off-season.
The opponents for Sunday’s game, Wigan Warriors, like many teams are suffering with plenty of injuries after the gruelling fixture schedule.
Despite this Wigan have had a solid start to the season and, after Catalans Dragons’ win over Hull KR on Friday night, sit third in the Super League table. They are however coming off the back of a home defeat to Super League leaders Warrington Wolves.
Shaun Wane’s side will be looking for his young squad to bounce back to winning ways. His 19-man squad features two changes: John Bateman makes a welcome return to the Warriors side after missing the previous game. 18 year-old Jack Wells is also included for a potential debut.
Liam Farrell drops out due to suspension after sliding in with the knees on the try-scoring Stefan Ratchford and captain Sean O’Loughlin also misses out with a hamstring injury.
Wigan’s 19 already features three players that have debuted this year in Nick Gregson, Luke Waterforth and Jack Higginson so the Warriors will be hoping their young guns can fire them to victory.
The last Belle Vue game between Trinity and the Warriors finished 40-22 to Wigan in round 12 of Super League last year. Wildcats tries from Craig Hall, Danny Kirmond, Pita Godinet and Chris Riley were not enough to earn Wakefield the victory.
Wildcats 19-Man Squad: Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, Anthony England, Liam Finn, Ashley Gibson, Tom Johnstone, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, Danny Kirmond, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Jonny Molloy, Scott Moore, Nick Scruton, Mika Simon, Mikey Sio, Anthony Tupou, Stuart Howarth
Warriors 19-Man Squad: John Bateman, Joe Bretherton, Greg Burke, Josh Charnley, Tony Clubb, Oliver Gildart, Nick Gregson, Jack Higginson, Willie Isa, Dom Manfredi, Lee Mossop, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Matty Smith, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Lewis Tierney, Joel Tomkins, Jack Wells