Out-of-form Wakefield host the Leeds Rhinos in tonight’s Super 8s match-up. Wakefield have lost five of the last seven games. On the other hand, Leeds will want to build on last week’s win against Wigan.

 

LAST TIME OUT

Wakefield were beaten by a strong Huddersfield side last week 36-6. The Giants lead 18-6 at the break through tries from Brough, McIntosh and Hinchcliffe before Sam Williams scored before the hooter. This was as good as it got for Trinity as Huddersfield added a further three tries in the second half.

A Stevie Ward hat-trick gave the Rhinos a 32-16 win over Wigan. Leeds got off to a great start with Ward and Golding scores before Tom Davies replied with a brace to level the scores. A second try from Golding and a Parcell try extended Leeds’ lead. Stevie Ward added tries two and three before Sam Tomkins scored a consolation try at the end.

 

KEY BATTLE

It looks set to be a battle of the halves in this Thursday fixture. Wakefield welcome Jacob Miller back, who will join Finn and Williams as a third option at halfback. Leeds are boosted by the return of Rob Burrow, who is another option for the Rhinos at halfback too. With McGuire, Moon and Lilley to choose from, both teams will be able to move players around the field to confuse their opposition.

 

SQUAD NEWS

Jacob Miller rejoins the squad returning from a leg break injury. Wakefield have recalled Joe Arundel, Max Jowitt and David Fifita back into the 19.

Leeds have veteran Rob Burrow back into their squad as well as Mitch Garbutt. Brett Ferres misses out due to a knee problem.

 

SQUADS

Wakefield: Grix, Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Arundel, Tupou, Miller, Finn, Fifita, Wood, England, Kirmond, Ashurst, Arona, Hirst, Annakin, Hadley, Hasson.

Leeds: Golding, Briscoe, Watkins, Sutcliffe, Hall, Moon, McGuire, Singleton, Parcell, Cuthbertson, Jones-Buchanan, Ward, Ablett, Burrow, Delaney, Keinhorst, Mullally.

 

MATCH DETAILS

Venue: Beaumont Legal Stadium

Referee: Ben Thaler

Date/Time: Thursday 10th August 2017, 8pm BST