Super League: Wakefield Wildcats v Hull FC preview
Last Updated: 29/06/14 8:30am
Wakefield Wildcats could move level with Hull FC as Lee Radford’s side make a trip to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium as part of a Super League Sunday triple bill.
The Wildcats welcome Hull with only two points separating the sides, although victory would not be enough to see Wakefield steal 10th spot from the visitors, who boast a far superior score difference.
The arrival of James Webster as head coach at Wakefield – replacing Richard Agar on June 2 – has brought an upturn in form for the West Yorkshire club, who have won both matches since the change at the helm.
After beating relegation-threatened London Broncos 18-10, the Wildcats turned in a thrilling performance to overturn reigning champions Wigan Warriors last time out.
Danny Kirmond, Tim Smith, Richard Owen and Richard Moore all crossed the whitewash as Wakefield claimed their first victory over the Warriors in five years, running out 36-28 winners on home soil.
Contrastingly, Hull enter Round 18 on the back of defeat to Catalan Dragons, who brought Radford’s side crashing back down to earth after successive half centuries.
Hull appeared to have turned a corner with 50-12 and 56-6 victories over the Broncos and Widnes Vikings respectively, but losing 20-16 in Perpignan saw them slip back into 10th as the race for play-offs places intensifies.
With no fresh injury concerns to contend with, Webster names an unchanged 19-man squad for the visit of Hull.
Lee Gilmour has extended his loan deal from Castleford Tigers having made a first start in the victory over Wigan Warriors, with the agreement between the two clubs to be continued on a week-by-week basis.
Chris Annakin continues to serve a suspension with Dean Collis still some weeks off returning from knee surgery. However, Ali Lauitiiti took part in training this week as he looks to make a recovery from the knee injury that threatened to end his season.
Meanwhile, Hull coach Radford names two changes to his preliminary squad to face the Wildcats.
Liam Watts returns to the Black and Whites’ travelling party after missing out in France last week despite showing good form in the run-up to the game.
He is joined in the squad by Jacob Miller, who returns from his loan match with Doncaster last weekend replacing fellow Australian half Jordan Rankin, who has been granted compassionate leave meaning he will miss the fixture.
Ben Crooks also misses out on the 19-man squad after picking up a minor injury at the Gilbert Brutus Stadium last Saturday.
Wakefield Wildcats: Mathers, Riley, D. Smith, Walshaw, Sykes, Godinet, Anderson, McShane, Gilmour, Kirmond, Washbrook, Ryan, Owen, Moore, T. Smith, Tautai, Lyne, Scruton, Raleigh
Hull FC: Bowden, Ellis, Heremaia, Hadley, Horne, Houghton, Lineham, Miller, Paea, Paleaaesina, Sa, Shaul, Talanoa, Thompson, Tuson, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman
First Utility Super League
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
Super League 2014, round 18
James Webster had mixed emotions after Wakefield were denied a third successive victory by Hull FC.
Brian McDermott admitted the better team lost after his Leeds Rhinos beat Catalan Dragons 32-21 with a late penalty.
Warrington ran in nine tries during a 50-24 win over Bradford in Jimmy Lowes' first match in charge of the Bulls.