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Wigan Warriors vs Wakefield Trinity preview

Super League is back and back with a bang! Round 1 saw the Warrington Wolves brush aside Grand-finalists Leeds Rhinos in the opening game of 2023. The city of Hull was a happy place last weekend with both sides claiming the two points, Hull Kingston Rovers arguably pulled off the shock of the round convincingly beating Wigan 27-18. As for Trinity they failed to beat a Catalans side depleted by injuries in front of a sold out redeveloped Belle Vue stadium. Despite the result, Max Jowitt came away with plenty of plaudits after scoring the try of the game and winning Man of the match despite being on the losing side.

Wigan will be hoping for a reaction from last weeks disappointing result with a packed out DW Stadium who will be expecting to see drastic improvements. This isn’t a game Trinity fans bookmark when the fixtures are released as they’ve only won once back in 2017 since 2009, not long after current head coach Mark Applegarth left Wakefield to play his trade in York. Trinity have only won 14 out of 58 fixtures between the two sides since Super League began.

The obvious names to look out for in the Warriors squad are Bevan French and Jai Field but Applegarth is under no illusions how important it’s to consider the whole squad in his game plan. 

“If you’re a neutral you want to see those players who get you off your seat.”

“You can’t just isolate Field and French as threats and forget about Marshall otherwise you’ll get stung.”

Trinity are still without Liam Hood who Applegarth hopes will be “available for Huddersfield next week after more intensive training.”

The most notable absentee from Trinity’s 21 man squad is Reece Lyne who is missing due to a medical issue.

Here’s how both squad line up. 

Will this be Wakefield Trinity’s night at the DW or are Wigan too eager for revenge after defeat last time out?

What do you think?