WILDCATS V WOLVES MATCH PREVIEW

posted on 13 May 2016

Written by Tom Benthall

Wakefield welcome league leaders Warrington Wolves to Belle Vue on Sunday, kick-off 3pm, looking for their third successive win.

The Wildcats go into the game having beaten Widnes Vikings and Toulouse Olympique XIII in their last two outings, and know that a win would move them to within six points of the Wolves.

A victory could also see the side move into the Super League top six for the first time this season, depending on other results, and Chris Chester has made four changes to the squad that beat Toulouse for the game.

Nick Scruton and Anthony Tupou both return to the squad having been rested against the French side, as do centres Joe Arundel and Bill Tupou who have both recovered from knee injuries.

Arundel has missed the Wildcats’ last three games having picked up the injury against Sheffield Eagles in the Challenge Cup fifth round, while Bill Tupou could make his first appearance under Chris Chester, having been out of action since February.

Stuart Howarth, Jason Walton and Richie Owen all drop out of the match day squad, along with prop Andy Yates, who will serve the first of his three game suspension.

Warrington also come into the game on the back of an impressive run of form, with comfortable wins over Wigan and Widnes in their last two league matches having given them a two point cushion at the top of the table.

Despite being without influential half-back Chris Sandow through injury, Tony Smith’s side have lost just twice since the start of April, and Sandow’s absence has been overshadowed by the form of fellow Australian Kurt Gidley, who was this week named the First Utility Super League Player of the Month for April.

Smith has made three changes to his 19-man squad that beat Oldham in the Challenge Cup last weekend, with Ryan Atkins, Matty Russell and former Wakefield player Ben Westwood all returning to the squad, replacing Daniel Murray, Joe Ryan and Morgan Smith.

The two sides met each other at the Halliwell Jones Stadium earlier this season, with Warrington running out 34-16 winners, and the Wildcats will be looking to avenge that defeat by beating the Wolves for the first time since July 2014 on Sunday.

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

Wolves 19-man squad: Ryan Atkins, Daryl Clark, Jordan Cox, Ben Currie, Rhys Evans, Kurt Gidley, Chris Hill, Benjamin Jullien, George King, Tom Lineham, Gene Ormsby, Kevin Penny, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Matty Russell, Ashton Sims, Joe Westerman, Ben Westwood, Sam Wilde

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