Super League: Wakefield Wildcats v Wigan Warriors
Last Updated: 22/06/14 12:47pm
Wakefield host Super League leaders Wigan on Sunday looking for a second win in a row to climb further away from relegation danger.
The Wildcats currently sit eight points ahead of 13th-placed Bradford following their 18-10 victory over rock-bottom London last Friday.
But it will be tough against a Warriors side who bounced back from their Challenge Cup quarter-final disappointment against Castleford with successive home league wins over the Tigers and Widnes, triumphing 46-6 and 48-4 respectively.
Wakefield's new boss James Webster, who recently replaced Richard Agar at the helm, knows his side still desperately need points.
“We are well and truly nowhere near safe,” he said. "I look at Bradford's squad and they have got a run in them at some point.
"There was no talk about Bradford's points appeal result in the week and I'm past looking at what they're doing.
"Like I say, I'm just relieved and happy for the boys (after the win over London) because they showed some true grit."
Wakefield centre Reece Lyne is set to return from a two-month injury absence while prop forwards Andy Raleigh and Richard Moore are also back in the reckoning, replacing Matty Wildie and Jarrod Sammut in the squad.
Former Leigh second rower Sam Hopkins is in line to make his Wigan debut and full-back Jack Murphy is also named in coach Shaun Wane's squad for the first time this season.
Jack Hughes, George Williams and Ryan Sutton are recalled while teenage forwards Connor Farrell and Callum Wright keep their places after making their debuts in the win over Widnes on Wednesday.
Second rower John Bateman is out with a rib injury and full-back Matty Bowen continues to rest a leg strain.
Wakefield Wildcats: Anderson, Gilmour, Godinet, Kirmond, Lyne, Mathers, McShane, Moore, Owen, Raleigh, Riley, Ryan, Scruton, D Smith, T Smith, Sykes, Tautai, Walshaw, Washbrook.
Wigan Warriors: Burke, Charnley, C Farrell, L Farrell, Flower, Gelling, Goulding, Hopkins, Hughes, James, Murphy, O'Loughlin, Powell, Sarginson, Smith, Sutton, Taylor, Williams, Wright.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield 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
Super League 2014, round 17
St Helens coach Nathan Brown was delighted after watching his side return to form with victory over Castleford.
Leeds head coach Brian McDermott paid tribute to injury-depleted Widnes after his side secured a comfortable 38-28 win.
Warrington earned their seventh successive win as they beat Salford 36-20 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.