Wakefield Trinity travel to Castleford Tigers looking to bounce back from last week’s disappoint defeat at Salford. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the clash.
Daryl Powell has been forced to ring the changes for Friday’s clash in a game where both sides compete for the Adam Watene Trophy.
Ben Roberts (calf), Alex Foster (calf), Nathan Massey (shoulder) all drop out while James Clare faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a leg injury.
After last week’s defeat to Wigan Warriors, the Tigers are boosted by the return of Jesse Sene-Lefao- fresh off the back of a new three-year deal- Junior Moors and James Green, while youngster Calum Turner is called up from the Tigers academy.
Castleford Tigers 19-man squad: Cook, Ellis, Gale, Green, Holmes, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Moors, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Springer, Trueman, Turner, Wardle, Watts, Webster.
Chris Chester also faces a selection headache as Liam Finn, Scott Grix, Justin Horo, and Danny Kirmond miss out.
The quarter will be replaced by Ryan Hampshire, Chris Annakin, James Batchelor and Max Jowitt.
Wakefield’s inconsistencies continue on the pitch as they failed to follow up their performance against St. Helen’s with a below par turn out seeing Salford win comfortably.
Wakefield 19-man squad: Annakin, Arona, Arundel, Ashurst, Baldwinson, Batchelor, England, Hampshire, Hirst, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood.
HEAD TO HEAD
The last meeting between this sides wasn’t so much a battle on the pitch but a battle with the elements, the images of Daryl Powell peering out of window still fresh in the minds of all rugby league fans.
However, if conditions remain dry, both sides will be looking to show the attacking prowess they have both become renowned for.
Castleford currently hold all the bragging rights in this derby, winning the last six games in a row, but if history is something to go off, this game will involve a fair few points.
KEY BATTLE- Jake Trueman v Max Jowitt
A battle of the young guns at fullback in this derby, Trueman has made strides since taking over from Ben Roberts, whilst Jowitt has patiently waited his chance with the evergreen Scott Grix ahead of him.
Whilst neither has set the league alight this year- Trueman with just three assists to his name and Jowitt with both a singular try and assist- this match could hinge on which youngster can carry the weight of the team on his shoulder the best.
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
Date: Friday 27th April
Venue: The Mend-a-hose Jungle
Referee: Robert Hicks
WHO WILL WIN?