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Challenge Cup Round Five – Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Halifax Preview

One of four Super League-Championship ties in round five of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. This game will take place on Friday night at the Rapid Solictors Stadium with a 7:30pm kickoff.

Last Time Out

Wakefield were, to put it truly, annihilated by Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. A 80-0 defeat left the Wildcats at the bottom of the table after ten games and they’ll be wanting to bounce back and prove the doubters wrong against Championship opposition on Friday. James Webster’s side were 30-0 down at the break after tries from Gene Ormsby, Toby King, Daryl Clark, Richie Myler and Ashton Sims. 50 more points were scored in the second half as Ormsby, King, and Ben Currie all completed braces. Myler scored two more tries in the second 40 to round up a hat-trick. Other four pointers came courtesy of Stefan Ratchford, Ben Westwood and Joel Monaghan.

Halifax welcomed Workington Town to The Shay for round nine of the Kingstone Press Championship. A 38-6 victory will have impressed the fans as the hosts moved up to fourth in the table, and in contention for a spot in the Qualifiers. Fax were 28-0 up at half-time, thanks to tries from Luke Ambler, Rikki Sheriffe, Ben Heaton, James Saltonstall and Dane Manning. All four pointers in the second half came in the final eight minutes as Perry Whiteley posted a consolation for Workington while Halifax’s Alex Brown and Ben Kaye finished off the scoring for the match.

Key Battle

The battle of the forwards should be a good one to witness on Friday night. Halifax will go to Wakefield with one of the best forward packs in the competition, and in no small part to the talent that occupies their prop forward positions. Wakefield have recently bolstered their prop forward areas with the loan signing of George Griffin from Salford Red Devils. Griffin started alongside Mickael Simon at Warrington with Ali Lauititi and Kyle Trout being the front-rowers filling up the interchange. It will be an interesting contest, seeing two sets of forwards going up against each other, especially as they are from different leagues.

Prediction

Wakefield by 10. Despite the Wildcats struggling in Super League, I think they’ll just sneak past Halifax. With good players in the three-quarters like Craig Hall, Chris Riley and Joe Arundel, Wakefield will fancy themselves and on home turf, they’re more likely to progress.

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