Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will be looking to respond to their frustrating defeat against St Helens last week when they travel to the DW Stadium to face Wigan Warriors in Round 21 of the First Utility Super League this evening.
Wildcats’ head coach, Chris Chester has been forced to make three changes to his side; Tom Johnstone picked up an injury during the St Helens game last week which has ruled him out of tonight’s fixture. He is also without Scott Anderson and Anthony England who are also carrying knocks; England is also serving his two-match suspension.
Wildcats’ Academy star, James Batchelor has been called up to the 19-man squad and could be in contention of making his debut after signing a four year deal at the club back in April this year. Jordan Crowther has also been called up to the squad along with Craig Hall, who has not featured since the Hull KR fixture in June.
Wigan who are currently in second spot in the table on level points with league leaders, Hull FC go into tonight’s game unbeaten in their last seven fixtures, including their comfortable 26-6 victory over Catalans Dragons last Saturday.
The Warriors have also made three changes to their side from the weekend. Youngsters, Macauley Davies, Kyle Shelford and Jack Higginson have all been named in Shaun Wane’s 19-man squad replacing Greg Burke who has left the club to join Widnes Vikings, Lee Mossop and Joel Tomkins who is out with a knee injury. Both Davies and Shelford are also in contention of making their debuts.
The previous meeting of both clubs this season was back in April at Belle Vue Stadium, the Wildcats came out on top with a 62-0 victory which saw Jacob Miller get a hat-trick.
Wildcats 19-man squad: Chris Annakin, Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, James Batchelor, Jordan Crowther, David Fifita, Liam Finn, Craig Hall, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Jonny Molloy, Scott Moore, Mikey Sio, Bill Tupou, Anthony Walker, Jason Walton
Warriors 19-man squad: Joe Bretherton, Josh Charnley, Macauley Davies, Ben Flower, Oliver Gildart, Jack Higginson, Willie Isa, Dom Manfredi, Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Jake Shorrocks, Matty Smith, Kyle Shelford, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Lewis Tierney, Sam Tomkins and George Williams.