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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Hull FC preview

Challenge Cup winners Hull FC travel to Belle Vue on Thursday with a chance to confirm a top 2 place, and home game in the play offs, if they beat a Wildcats side who are yet to register a win in the Super 8s.

Having been beaten twice since their Wembley victory, Lee Radford’s side will be in determined mood to hit some form going into the play offs for a serious tilt at the Grand Final.

Chris Chester’s side do have some serious injury problems, but they do still have some excellent strike players like winger Tom Johnstone in their ranks for this game.


Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: Scott Anderson, Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, James Batchelor, David Fifita, Liam Finn, Craig Hall, Ben Harrison, Tom Johnstone, Max Jowitt, Reece Lyne, Jonny Molloy, Nick Scruton, Mickael Simon, Michael Sio, Anthony Tupou, Bill Tupou, Andy Yates

Hull FC: Jamie Shaul, Mahe Fonua, Carlos Tuimavave, Fetuli Talanoa, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Liam Watts, Gareth Ellis, Iafeta Pale’easina, Chris Green, Jordan Thompson, Dean Hadley, Steve Michaels, Curtis Naughton, Sika Manu, Josh Bowden, Kirk Yeaman, Danny Washbrook

The Black & Whites have suffered something of a Wembley hangover, although it must be said that their defeat to Wigan Warriors did come in controversial circumstances, if not entirely undeserved.

Fetuli Talanoa would love a repeat performance of the last time they were there, when he scored four tries in a 46-28 victory.

With the Wildcats suffering from major injury problems, it would take a brave person to back them against a Hull side who are a bit of a wounded animal. The absence of Frank Pritchard and Mark Minichiello will be a blow, but they have very able replacements.

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