14th April 2018, 10:09 | wakefield_trinity

Chester knows Wakefield are not far away

Chester knows Wakefield are not far away

Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester says his team have nothing to fear as they prepare to take on Betfred Super League leaders St Helens.

After making their best start to a season since the Second World War with four straight wins, Trinity have lost their last five matches but the last three have been by a combined total of just eight points and Chester is hoping their luck will turn on Sunday.

“I know results haven’t quite gone our way but there’s certainly no panic,” Chester said.

“We know we’re not far away and we are due that bit of luck. But you’ve got to make your own luck and hopefully we’ll do that on Sunday.

“It’s a great fixture for us, we seem to go well against St Helens, but we’re a team that doesn’t fear anybody.

“There is still a lot of belief in the group of players, we’ve just been unfortunate in the last three or four weeks.

“I can cop a defeat but it’s the manner of the defeats that is hurting us and left us very frustrated.

“Although we don’t look at the league table, it’s important to get our season back up and running and start climbing that ladder.

“I genuinely believe we are a top-six and hopefully a top-four team.”

Saints are two points clear as they approach the halfway point in the regular season after losing just one of their first 10 matches but coach Justin Holbrook believes their best is yet to come.

“We know we can get better and are still working towards that,” Holbrook said.

“We set high standards here, they live to those and that continued this week. We gave them four days off and when you come back in it can take some time to get back into it.

“But it was the opposite, we had to pull them back a bit and it’s this that gives me confidence every week.

“Although we are happy with where we are at, we have another tough opponent coming up on Sunday.

“Wakefield have been pipped three games in a row so we know it will be hard.”

Wakefield are boosted by the return from injury of experienced trio Anthony England, Liam Finn and Simon Grix while Saints have full-back Ben Barba back but they will be without influential hooker James Roby after he damaged a rib cartilage in the win over Hull FC.

In the absence of Roby, Holbrook is likely to turn to former England scrum-half Matty Smith, who has made just two substitute appearances so far this season.

“We have options at nine and it will be good for Matty Smith to be involved again,” he said.

“He has been good all along. He may not have had many games but has been fantastic all the way through. He will be in this week.”

In Sunday’s other games, Castleford Tigers host bottom club Catalans Dragons and Huddersfield Giants will seek a first win under caretaker coach Chris Thorman when Salford Red Devils visit the John Smith’s Stadium.