BOSS CHRIS Chester is confident Wakefield Trinity can end his Hull hoodoo and book their place in the Betfred Super-8s.
A win tomorrow would guarantee Trinity’s third successive top-eight finish in Super League, but Hull will be formidable opponents, Chester reckons.
“I’ve been Wakefield coach for two and a half years and we haven’t beaten them and we didn’t beat them the year before when I was at Hull KR,” he recalled.
“They’re a bit of a bogey team for me, but it’ll be a bit different this week.”
Hull have been ravaged by injuries and Chester admitted that has made preparation difficult. He warned: “We’re not sure what kind of team they’re going to put out and how they are going to play against us.
“They are going to have to change the way they play because of the people they have missing, but I think mainly we’ve just got to focus on the positives from last week.”
Trinity are in confident mood after hitting back from eight points behind late on to draw at Leeds Rhinos and Chester added: “I thought the way we approached that last 10-15 minutes was probably the best we’ve played in a long time. Our game management was good, our kicking game was good and we looked a good rugby league side at the end. We came up with some really good plays, we forced three or four repeat sets and if we can control the ball like we did and show some patience we’ll be a hard team to defend against.”
Craig Huby is set to return from injury tomorrow, replacing fellow prop Anthony England (sternum). James Batchelor and Mason Caton-Brown are also in contention.
Fetuli Talanoa (ankle) returns for Hull and Marc Sneyd and Joe Westerman could be called up if they pass fitness tests. Albert Kelly (head), Jake Connor (leg) and Chris Green (back) miss out.
Wakefield Trinity: from Annakin, Arona, Ashurst, Batchelor, Caton-Brown, Fifita, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood.
Hull: from Faraimo, Tuimavave, Talanoa, Taylor, Houghton, Hadley, Minichiello, Abdull, Washbrook, Fash, Litten, Paea, Logan, Turgut, Downs, Miloudi, Matongo, Scott, Harris
Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield).
Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3pm.