Opponents: Wakefiled Trinity
Venue: DW Stadium, Wigan
A look at the Opposition
What a great start Wakefield have made to the 2018 Super League season, second in the table only on points difference with four games played, four games won. Are they the real deal? The next six games that Wakefield have in the Super League will certainly determine whether their form is isolated to the early season or whether they are genuine contenders for a top four finish. Wakefield start a very tricky seven game period away to Wigan on Sunday, followed by games against Widnes, Warrington, Castleford, Hull FC, Leeds and St Helens. Their top four credentials, as well as their squad strength is really going to get tested over the next seven weeks.
Their great start to the season has seen Tom Johnstone, return from a 2017 season ending injury in blistering form, leading the league in terms of clean breaks and getting a call up to the England Elite Development Squad. Matty Ashurst has impressed with his defensive displays, although he will be missing due to suspension on Sunday and big David Fifita continues to, well literally, knock down anything in front of him. The man mountain is second in the Super League stats charts for tackle busts with 27, only to Ben Barba’s 32 – not bad for a front rower!