SALFORD V WILDCATS MATCH PREVIEW

posted on 27 May 2016

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will be looking to make it five wins on the bounce as they travel to the AJ Bell Stadium to face Salford Red Devils on Friday 27th May, kick-off 8pm.

The Wildcats are unbeaten in May, and go into the game on the back of impressive wins over Warrington Wolves and Catalans Dragons which have seen them move up to sixth in the Super League table.

Having opened up a seven point gap between themselves and ninth placed Hull KR, Trinity will be looking to cement their place in the top eight with another win, and head coach Chris Chester has made two changes to the side that beat Catalans at Magic Weekend last time out.

Reece Lyne returns to the squad after a month out with a hamstring injury sustained against Hull FC, as does Anthony England, who missed out at St James’ Park through suspension. Stuart Howarth and Jordan Crowther are the men who drop out of the squad.

Like Wakefield, Salford go into the game on the back of an excellent win at Magic Weekend, beating Widnes Vikings 18-12 having battled back from 12-4 down.

Despite sitting tenth in the table, Ian Watson’s side have won just one game fewer than the Wildcats, and are only in the bottom four due to a points deduction for a breach of the salary cap.

Watson will have to manage without dangerous winger Justin Carney for the game, after the Australian was handed a one match ban for a dangerous tackle in the defeat of Widnes, and he has been replaced by Niall Evalds in the only change to the 19-man squad.

The two sides met each other at Belle Vue earlier in the season, with a Tom Johnstone hat-trick helping to secure a 32-18 win for the Wildcats, and another win for Chris Chester’s side would secure a first league double over the Red Devils since 2012.

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

Salford 19-man squad: Gareth O’Brien, Jake Bibby, Niall Evalds, Phil Joseph, Ryan Lannon, Rob Lui, Weller Hauraki, Michael Dobson, Mark Flanagan, Logan Tomkins, Craig Kopczak, Ben Murdoch, George Griffin, Josh Jones, Adam Walne, Olsi Krasniqi, Junior Sau, Daniel Vidot, Jordan Walne

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