Warrington v Wakefield Trinity: ‘Wounded beasts’ go head-to-head

Wakefield coach James Webster.
Wakefield coach James Webster.
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WAKEFIELD TRINITY Wildcats head coach James Webster acknowledges struggling Warrington Wolves will be like a “wounded beast” this lunchtime.

Wildcats, who have their own woe at the foot of Super League, head to the Halliwell Jones Stadium to face one of the game’s biggest clubs but a side who are now in danger of a fifth straight defeat.

However, Warrington, whose first-team coach is Webster’s former Trinity boss Richard Agar, are sure to be seeing Wakefield, who have lost eight successive matches, as vulnerable.

Webster said: “They will be like a wounded beast and they’ll be seeing us as a good chance to kick-start their season.

“They’re a great side with loads of good players and people have been giving them stick lately.

“But they have not been far off in any games and when you look at their threats - Stefan Ratchford, Richie Myler, Daz Clark, Chris Hill, Ryan Atkins, Joel Monaghan - there’s too many of them to talk about.”

Similarly, though, Wakefield must be targeting this fixture, too?

“Every game is a chance for us to get our campaign going whether it’s Warrington or London Skolars,” admitted Webster.

“We’re just going there looking for some improvement and if we can improve on what we did at Leeds on Monday we’ve a fighting chance.

“The 19-man squad we have named is basically the last 19 players we have, though.

“We’ve lost Nick Scruton to suspension and Jordan Hand has gone back to St Helens as he hurt his Achilles against Leeds and wasn’t fit for this Saturday while this was the last week of his loan.

“He’s a great kid and we’re thankful to Saints for letting him come. Should he get fit we’ll have a look again.

“Mickael Simon is back so it’s one in and two out.”