Wakefield Trinity v Catalans Dragons - New faces and familiar terrain can revive Chris Chester’s Trinity
Huddersfield Giants full-back Olly Ashall-Bott and St Helens hooker Josh Eaves will both feature having joined earlier this week on initial two-week loan deals. Trinity will be without stand-off Ryan Hampshire for six weeks due to a fractured jaw suffered in the loss at Hull – winless Wakefield’s fifth defeat in as many games this term.
He was already standing in for injured captain Jacob Miller so Max Jowitt is likely to switch there as Catalans visit Belle Vue.
On his new arrivals, Chester said: “They’ve settled in really well. They are guys with some points to prove, two really good players.
“We spoke to Olly’s agent halfway through last season so he has been on our radar; he has electric pace and a really good passing game.
“Josh is finding opportunities at Saints a bit limited, with the game’s best number nine (James Roby) in front of him. He will get a go this week. We haven’t brought him in to just train.”
Chester hopes the trio of Miller, Matty Ashurst and Tom Johnstone could all be available to face Leeds Rhinos in a fortnight’s time.
Before then, though, he is looking to make life as uncomfortable as possible for their French visitors.
Trinity play at Belle Vue for the first time in almost six months and Chester believes that could give his side the fillip they need to emerge from their rut.
After Super League defeats on the road at Leeds Rhinos, Wigan, St Helens and Hull – as well as a 26-6 Challenge Cup exit against Catalans also at Saints – it is little wonder his side are looking forward to playing at home once more.
“It’s great: it gives you that edge, that psychological advantage,” said Chester.
“Nobody likes to come and play at Wakefield. I am sure (Catalans’ former New South Wales State of Origin stand-off) James Maloney will be really looking forward to getting dressed in our away sheds!
“It will be a real eye-opener for those kind of guys and we will use our ground to our advantage.”
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