THERE will be no signs of capitulation from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats this afternoon.
Their best chance of making the play-offs probably disappeared with a disappointing 26-24 home defeat to rivals Bradford Bulls last Sunday.
That saw them drop to 10th and today’s trip to title-chasing Warrington Wolves was always going to be a tough appointment.
Regardless, coach Richard Agar insists they have not given up on the eight.
“We’re not going in hope,” he said. “We are going to try and win the game.
“They are a quality side, but we’ve had a couple of good tussles with them and come close.
“We want to go there to try and win one against the head, to keep our top eight chances alive.”
Three consecutive losses has reduced those chances while speculation continues Wakefield will yet have to sell Ben Cockayne and Kyle Amor to ease cash problems.
That duo are in today’s squad but centre Danny Cowling has been dropped after the youngster was exposed defensively on his first Super League appearance of the season against Bradford.
Australian prop Justin Poore also misses out with a knee problem but Oliver Wilkes is back in contention with Matty Wildie while there could be Super League debuts for young winger Liam Kay and ex-Warrington half-back Bobbie Goulding.
“We dominated the first half last week, but concentration lapses and penalties cost us,” said Agar.
“Bradford did a lot of damage down our right side and that is something we’ve got to fix up.”
Cowling has clearly paid the price for that weakness and Agar could move Lee Smith back into the centre slot after he played as a makeshift stand-off last week.
But he said: “I am loathe to do that. I thought he was our best player last week so I am inclined to leave him there and find a stronger solution defensively on our right edge, if I can.”
Trinity just fell short against Warrington in a thrilling game at Belle Vue in April, losing 41-34, so coach Tony Smith – whose side are chasing the League Leaders’ Shield – is wary of their threats.
“Wakefield are a terrific attacking team,” he said.
“They can test the best defences in the competition and they’ve shown that throughout the year.
“They’re very much a hard working team and are pushing hard for the finals so we’ll have to be on our best game”
Warrington are without England internationals Adrian Morley and Richie Myler from the team which won at Castleford last week.
But former Man of Steel Brett Hodgson and Australian hooker Michael Monaghan return to Smith’s squad.