Wakefield Wildcats: Webster’s pride in his injury-hit Wildcats

James Webster.
James Webster.
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DEFIANT BOSS James Webster feels his Wakefield Trinity Wildcats side will have nothing to lose when they visit Warrington Wolves tomorrow.

Wildcats are bottom of First Utility Super League and have lost their last seven games, but Warrington have slipped out of the top-eight following four successive defeats.

Despite Warrington’s recent form, Webster predicted they will be “1-100 favourites” to win tomorrow’s early-afternoon showdown and he reckons that means there is no pressure on his injury-hit team.

“The only thing we’ve got to lose is pride,” said Webster, who felt his side took a step forward with their performance in the 48-22 loss at table-topping Leeds Rhinos four days ago.

“We will be going there and trying to win, like we do every week, but if we can keep gradually learning some lessons from every game, come the back end of the year we will be stronger for it.

“We have got another tough month/six weeks coming up, but we have got to stick at it and see how we come out the other side.”

Richard Agar, who coached Wildcats before Webster took charge last year, is now on the backroom staff at Warrington, while Wakefield’s Chris Riley will be facing his former club.

Webster admitted the home team will be determined to get back on track after a disastrous recent run of results which have left their top-four hopes in the balance.

“At the start of the year I predicted them to be right in with a shout of winning the competition,” said the Wakefield coach.

“They have lost their last four, but they’ve been close in every one – unlike us.

“The odds will be 100-1 against us, like they are every week, but we will go out and try and play our best footy and we have a half-decent record there in recent years.

“They will be a very bruised beast and they’ll be very, very keen to put right some wrongs, so we know it is going to be very tough.”

Wildcats’ injury woes have continued with on-loan St Helens forward Jordan Hand being ruled out of tomorrow’s game due to an Achilles problem.

With Nick Scruton serving a one-game ban, following an incident in the defeat at Leeds, Mickael Simon, who is set to return tomorrow, is Wildcats’ only available specialist front-rower.

Academy winger Tom Johnstone and forward Jordan Crowther are both back in contention, along with Kyle Trout.

Warrington will be without half-back Gareth O’Brien from the team beaten at home by Castleford Tigers on Easter Monday.

Gene Ormsby, George King and Declan Patton are all vying for a call into the 17.

Warrington Wolves: from Ormsby, Monaghan, Bridge, Atkins, Penny, Ratchford, Myler, Hill, Higham, Sims, Currie, Westwood, Harrison, Clark, Asotasi, England, Laithwaite, King, Patton.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: from Sammut, Riley, Hall, Arundel, Owen, Miller, T Smith, Simon, McShane, Griffin, Kirmond, Washbrook, D Smith, Lauitiiti, Godinet, Ryan, Trout, Crowther, Johnstone.

Referee: Robert Hicks.

Kick-off: Tomorrow, 1.30pm.