Warrington go head-to-head with Wakefield at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday in the second Challenge Cup semi-final, with a place at Wembley the prize for the winner.
The two sides have already met twice in the league this year, but the third meeting comes with huge expectation and a massive reward at stake.
Warrington are the favourites to progress to the final after reaching the semis in each of the last three years. But Tony Smith’s men have been beaten on every occasion, a record from which Wakefield will take added impetus in fancying their chances.
However, Wakefield’s last Challenge Cup semi-final appearance came in 2008, and was their first last-four bow in 29 years, while Trinity’s last display in a final was in 1979, where the Wildcats lost to Widnes.
Chris Chester has reversed the fortunes of his side this season; after finishing bottom by eleven points in 2015, the club are now in the Super Eights – and a Cup final appearance at Wembley could be the pinnacle of Chester’s achievements this season.
Wakefield took the two points at Belle Vue in the last meeting with Warrington after a gutsy 36-28 victory. But the Wire also have a win under their belts against their semi-final opponents this season, which came in March at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Warrington are unbeaten in their last six, with one victory from five in that time coming against Widnes in the Cup quarter-final. Wakefield meanwhile, have lost three of their last five, a run that featured a quarter-final win over Huddersfield.
Chris Sandow and Kurt Gidley maintain their places in the Warrington 19-man squad, an unplayable pair for the club this season.
As for the Wildcats, Ben Jones-Bishop is included in the 19-man squad – the winger scored an impressive diving try against the Giants in the quarter-final.
Warrington Wolves 19-man squad: Atkins, Bailey, Clark, Currie, Dwyer, Evans, Gidley, Hill, Hughes, G King, T King, Patton, Penny, Ratchford, Sandow, Sims, Westerman, Russell, Westwood
Wakefield Trinity 19-man squad: Kirmond, Arona, Arundel, Crowther, B Tupou, Miller, Hall, Finn, Scruton, Jowitt, Lyne, Jones-Bishop, Sio, Fifita, Moore, A Tupou, Walton, Anderson, Yates
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