Wolves' bite brings no fear for Wakefield

21st April 2017, 12:41

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Wolves' bite brings no fear for Wakefield

They experienced contrasting fortunes over Easter but Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester insists his side will have nothing to fear going to a rejuvenated Warrington Wolves on Saturday.

The Wolves, bottom of the Betfred Super League after losing their opening six games, are on the rise after taking seven points from their last four matches and can move to within a point of their visitors with a fourth straight win.

Trinity's three-match winning run came to an abrupt halt in their Good Friday derby at Castleford Tigers and they finished on the wrong end of a 16-10 scoreline against champions Wigan Warriors on Easter Monday, but Chester believes his side remain in a healthy position.  

"We've had a tough run," he said. "We played Cas who are top of the league and Wigan who are there or thereabouts but we'll go to Warrington without any fear.

"They've had three wins on the bounce now, they've a lot of internationals playing in their team and they've got a few guys back so it's going to be even tougher for us.

"But we're playing well ourselves and, if we turn up with the same attitude that we showed on Monday, then we can give anybody a run for their money.

"We'll be disappointed not to come away with a result. We've just got to make sure we turn up."

Improving Warrington have not lost at the Halliwell Jones Stadium for six weeks but coach Tony Smith says he is wary of the threat posed by the Yorkshiremen.

"Wakefield are a good team with the ball in particular," Smith said. "They have dangers across the park and are a genuine threat to any team."

Smith has centre Ryan Atkins, stand-off Kevin Brown, winger Matty Russell and loose forward Joe Westerman returning from injury, but prop Mike Cooper (head) and centre Toby King (hamstring) are now sidelined and hooker Daryl Clark is suspended.

Brown, who has missed the Wolves' last three matches with concussion, has yet to experience a win in Super League since joining them from Widnes Vikings in the close season.

Chester recalls Australian half-back Sam Williams and brings in forwards James Batchelor and Jordan Crowther to plug the gaps created by the loss of Mitch Allgood and Matty Ashurst to injury.

Loan signing Dean Hadley will undergo a late fitness test and young full-back Max Jowitt is standing by to make his first appearance of the season if, as expected, Chester opts to rest veteran Scott Grix for their third match in nine days.