Wildcats v Saints: Teams
at the Keepmoat Stadium, Sunday August 12, KO: 3.30pm
Last Updated: 11/08/12 1:17pm
Wakefield are set to give a debut to academy product Danny Cowling at centre in Sunday's Super League clash against St Helens.
Cowling - who has impressed on loan at Doncaster this season - comes in for Dean Collis, who is suspended.
Prop Oliver Wilkes returns from a one-match ban to take the place of Matt James, who pulled a calf muscle in training.
Head coach Richard Agar is playing down their chances of making the play-offs despite three successive victories in as many weeks.
"I think we are a long shot," he said. "I think we'd have to win every game and results would have to go our way as well but it's nice at this stage that all of a sudden we are getting talked about that we have a chance.
"I definitely think Sunday's match is potentially the most difficult one we've got left and that's not being disrespectful to anyone else.
St Helens are without England forward Jon Wilkin, who joins Sia Soliola on the injured list.
Either Shaun Magennis or Joe Greenwood, who made his Super League debut in the home win over Wakefield in May, will fill the hole while stand-off Lee Gaskell is also recalled to the 19-man squad.
Saints interim head coach Mike Rush reckons his side will have to be at their best as they bid to bounce back from Monday's home defeat by Warrington.
"They showed against those sides what a good team they are," Rush told the Saints website. ""Tim Smith is playing well and Danny Kirmond and Ali Lauitiiti have good go forward. We certainly know what we are up against and we need to raise the bar. If we do what we can do we are confident we can get a result.
"We know from the match against Warrington we need to get good ball, have a better kicking game and show more composure. We were disappointed we didn't put in our best display on Monday.
"We know we can do better but take nothing from Warrington, they strangled us at times and we didn't do the right thing at the right time.
"We will have to do better come the playoff rounds and starting this weekend. We will make some tweaks; there is no scratching of heads or fear going forward.
"We just need to be able to string back to back performances and we haven't done that. Against the Catalans and Giants we were good, but didn't do that on Monday."
Wakefield squad: Mathers, Fox, Cowling, Cockayne, Wood, Lauitiiti, Ellis, Raleigh, John, Washbrook, Amor, Johnson, Kirmond, Mariano, T Smith, Trout, Wilkes, Sykes, L Smith.
St Helens squad: Wellens, Shenton, Meli, Hohaia, Lomax, Perry, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Puletua, Flannery, Laffranchi, Flanagan, Clough, Magennis, Dixon, Gaskell, Makinson, J Jones, Greenwood.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers34 - 20Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves