Wakefield Wildcats: Trinity aim to keep their records intact at Widnes

James Webster.
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FAST-STARTING Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will travel to Widnes Vikings tomorrow aiming to maintain two 100 per cent records.

Wildcats have won both their opening fixtures in First Utility Super League and have come away with maximum points from all their three previous games on Vikings’ artificial pitch.

Wakefield were 32-14 victors in the first competitive game on the 4g surface in 2012, won 28-26 there the following year and snatched a last-gasp 24-18 triumph nine months ago.

“We have got a good record there,” Wildcats coach James Webster said.

“But last year we scored on the last play of the game, the year before there were only two points in it and in 2012 it was close until late in the game.

“All three games have been pretty tight and over the last two or three years it has been two evenly-matched teams.

“We have got three wins on their pitch, but it could easily have been three losses.”

Wakefield have made the better start to the season, recording wins over Castleford Tigers and Hull KR, while Widnes drew with Wigan Warriors in round one, but lost their second match 38-6 at Leeds Rhinos.

“Playing Widnes has always been a tough game for us,” Webster added. “We’ve done half-all right against them, but every game has gone right to the death and they are an extremely tough team to beat, especially at home.

“I thought they played well for a long time against Leeds before Leeds ran away at the death and they got a fantastic draw against Wigan with only 12 men.

“Any team that beats them this year is going to have to play well, especially at home.”

Despite his caution, Webster admitted Wildcats are in confident mood.

He said: “We are a happy team, which is good. A winning team is always happy.

“If we get a good performance we’ll give ourselves a chance in the last five minutes again.

“You can’t win them all, but we want to go into the last five minutes with a chance of getting a result.”

Joe Arundel, the former Castleford centre recently signed from Hull, is included in Wildcats’ initial 19-man squad and could make his debut tomorrow.

Jordan Crowther is in contention for his first senior appearance of the season and Matty Ryan could also feature, with Matty Ashurst dropping out from the team which beat Hull Kingston Rovers 13 days ago. Widnes will be boosted by the return of play-maker Kevin Brown after injury.

Patrick Ah Van, Gil Dudson, Paddy Flynn, Ben Kavanagh and Lloyd White are all vying for a call-up, with Danny Creaven, Liam Carberry, Alex Gerrard and Willie Isa dropping out.

Widnes Vikings: from Ah Van, Brown, Cahill, Clarkson, Dean, Dudson, Flynn, Galea, Hanbury, Heremaia, Kavanagh, Munuofakoa, Marsh, Mellor, O’Carroll, Owens, Phelps, Tickle, White.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: from Hall, Riley, Collis, Lyne, Owen, Miller, T Smith, D Smith, McShane, Scruton, Kirmond, Lauitiiti, Washbrook, Godinet, Anderson, Paea, Arundel, Crowther, Ryan.

Referee: James Child.

Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3pm.

John Kear, left, and Chris Chester

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