recent results suggest it won’t be a classic, but Wakefield Trinity Wildcats boss James Webster reckons his team can get something from tonight’s trip to Hull KR.
Both teams are on the back of a drubbing six days ago, when Rovers were crushed 60-0 at Wigan Warriors and Wildcats went down 44-4 away to St Helens.
With tonight’s rivals having conceded 20 tries between them in First Utility Super League round 13 and managed just one try in reply, Webster – a former Rovers player and coach – conceded the Sky-televised showdown might be a “tough sell”.
But Wildcats’ most recent league win – in round two – was against Hull KR and despite the 10 successive defeats since then, he believes they are good enough to claim the points tonight if they get their game right.
“We’ve not had a good experience at Hull KR for a few years now,” said Webster, whose team’s last four league games have been against Saints, Wigan, Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos.
“We’ve been put away a couple of times and we have got to be careful of a response from them.
“Knowing them like I do, they will be looking to bounce back.
“But we have trained well and we’ll go into it knowing if we play to the best of our ability, we are a chance.
“We are trying to find that form.
“It has been hard for us, but if we can get there we know we are capable of winning the game.”
With just 11 games to play until the competition splits, Wildcats – who have a match in hand on most of their rivals – are now five points adrift of second-bottom Widnes Vikings and seven behind Catalans Dragons, who are eighth. Webster stressed: “I’ve not really had a look at the table.
“It’s not really relevant at the moment, until we get a couple of wins.
“We are just concentrating on improving our performances.”
Wildcats will be boosted tonight by the return of prop Scott Anderson, who has not played since suffering a knee injury in the round-three defeat at Widnes Vikings three months ago.
Craig Hall could feature after missing last week’s game due to an Achilles problem and Chris Annakin, who played on dual-registration for London Broncos against Hunslet Hawks last Sunday, is also included in the initial 19.
But Danny Washbrook (rib) drops out and Jon Molloy is doubtful because of a damaged hamstring.
Hull KR will field a stronger squad than the one beaten at Wigan last Friday, with Terry Campese, Kevin Larroyer, Josh Mantellato, Dane Tilse and Jordan Cox all back in contention.
Maurice Blair and Greg Burke drop out.
Hull KR: from Boudebza, Campese, Cockayne, Cox, Dixon, Donaldson, Green, Guzdek, Horne, Kelly, Larroyer, McCarthy, Mantellato, Ollett, Robinson, Sio, Tilse, Walker, Welham
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: from Anderson, Annakin, Arundel, Crowther, Godinet, Hall, Johnstone, Kavanagh, Lauitiiti, Lyne, McShane, Miller, Molloy, Ryan, Riley, Scruton, Simon, D Smith, T Smith
Referee: Joe Cobb
Kick-off: Tonight, 8pm.