Super League: Wakefield Wildcats v London Broncos preview
Last Updated: 12/06/14 11:25am
Wakefield Wildcats will be looking to distance themselves from Bradford Bulls when the lowly London Broncos visit Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Friday night.
The 12th-placed Wildcats are just six points clear of the Bulls following their 20-12 loss to Bradford on June 1, while the club also have a new man at the helm in James Webster.
The Australian has taken control of the first-team affairs at the Wildcats following Richard Agar’s decision to depart. It has been confirmed he will join Warrington’s backroom staff in 2015.
The Broncos have lost all 15 Super League outings to date and while they are almost certain to be relegated this season they have been showing signs of life in recent weeks.
Webster has included fit-again Taulima Tautai in his first 19-man squad for the visit of the Broncos.
Tautai, who is joining Wigan in 2015, returns having not played since round seven due to hamstring troubles and is joined in the squad by Tim Smith after he completed a loan move from Salford Red Devils for the rest of the season.
Reece Lyne returned to training this week but is not yet ready for selection whilst Webster has not been able to call on long-term absentees Dean Collis and Ali Lauitiiti (both knee) in addition to the suspended Chris Annakin.
The Broncos welcome back Will Lovell and Jamie O'Callaghan for their trip up the M1 to face Wakefield. Lovell has been out since the end of February and O'Callaghan has missed the last seven games.
Head coach Joe Grima said: "The only two players who are unavailable for selection this week are Kieran Dixon, who is three weeks away, and Jordan Atkins who is suffering a shoulder injury and will be back next week."
"They are going to be very difficult to play and they're getting some really good players back. You're always wary after a team changes a coach and Webby (James Webster) has been there for quite some time.
"We're not going to change too much, we're just worried about us, we're not terribly worried about Wakefield."
Wildcats squad: Mathers, Riley, D. Smith, Walshaw, Sykes, Godinet, Anderson, McShane, Gilmour, Kirmond, Washbrook, Ryan, Owen, Wildie, T. Smith, Tautai, Sammut, Scruton, Molloy
Broncos squad: Caton-Brown, Cook, Cunningham, Drinkwater, Farrar, Foster, Greenwood, Griffin, Herold, Krasniqi, Lovell, Macani, Mataitonga, Minns, Moore, O'Callaghan, Slyney, Vea, Wallace
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Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
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Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
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Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
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Fri 10th Jul
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Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
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Fri 17th Jul
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Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
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Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
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Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
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Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
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