Wakefield Trinity chief pledges Super League game at Warrington Wolves will go head despite Covid-19 scare

Wakefield Trinity are “bending over backwards” to ensure Sunday’s game against Warrington Wolves goes ahead, chief executive Michael Carter says.

Thursday, 27th August 2020, 11:45 am

Trinity will be without a trio of players who are isolating after three Catalans Dragons players and a member of staff returned a positive test for coronavirus following last Saturday’s Coral Challenge Cup win over Wakefield.

Catalans’ game this weekend has been postponed, with Castleford Tigers stepping in to play Wigan Warriors instead, but Trinity’s meeting with Warrington at HJ Stadium remains on the fixture list.

“The RFL informed us [on Tuesday] they had done track and trace on the game and a couple of our players had had to stand down,” Carter confirmed.

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Trinity chief executive Michael Carter, right, with coach Chris Chester. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

“We have subsequently got another player who has had to stand down as well, so we’ve got three players stood down for this weekend. It is not ideal, the players have some concerns and we have set up a Zoom call with medical people which will hopefully allay some of those fears.

“We are planning on testing them all again [today], but from my point of view Wakefield Trinity are bending over backwards to make sure the game goes ahead and that the game in total can overcome this crisis we are currently trying to battle against.”

It is the second time Trinity have been affected by positive tests at a rival club.

Two weeks ago they had a change of opponent from St Helens to Catalans and their game was brought forward a day following a Covid-19 outbreak at Hull.

Wakefield's Jordan Crowther is tackled during last week's game against Catalans. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Carter admitted: “It is not easy. Two weeks ago we got 72 hours notice that our game had changed and been brought forward a day.

“We just got on with it and we will do the same this weekend. We have got to do whatever we can to get the entire game through this period of crisis.”

Coach Chris Chester is faced with preparing an already injury-hit squad for Sunday and Carter stressed; “People have got to be aware that some of the things we as a sport are putting in front of him and his staff and his players are extraordinary.

“The reaction from our players and coaching staff has been fantastic.”

Trinity players link arms as Catalans take a knee before last Saturday's tie. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

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