Zero chance needed to reach Grand Final – Chester

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WAKEFIELD TRINITY Wildcats head coach Chris Chester wants the Super 8s to be altered so all clubs fighting for the Grand Final start on zero points.

Currently, points are carried over from the regular league season ahead of the next seven added fixtures.

That means Wakefield, who finished eighth, are already 14 behind Hull FC, who came top after 23 rounds.

Trinity, who open their Super 8s at Wigan Warriors tonight, also start eight points adrift of fourth-placed St Helens meaning they have little, if any, chance of finishing in the top-four and making the semi-finals.

“I don’t think there’s a flaw with the system,” insisted Chester, whose depleted squad strive to fight back from the disappointment of Saturday’s 56-12 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to Warrington.

“We’re in the eight for a reason as we’ve been one of the eight most consistent sides.

“But I’d like to see it change so that when we get into the Super 8s, the league leaders are decided: Hull deserve that trophy this year, for example.

“I’d like everyone to then be on the same points which gives everyone the opportunity to get into the top-four.”

Instead of making a push for Old Trafford, Chester is essentially now fire-fighting especially given the level of their injury problems.

Teenagers Judah Mazive and Frazer Morris will debut at 
high-flying Wigan, who also lost out in the Challenge Cup semi-finals last week, and 19-year-old Jordan Crowther gets a rare outing, too.

“Judah, Frazer and Jordan have an opportunity now to show to me what talent they’ve got,” confirmed Chester.

“Judah will start on the wing and we’ll have young Frazer on the bench so it’s a great opportunity for them both.

“Judah got picked for England Academy and went over to Australia but unfortunately had to come home because of a family bereavement.

“He’s in good spirits, though, and deserves this opportunity.

“I could have picked them an easier game to come into but that’s the situation we’re in,” he added.