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England international Jake Wardle could make his Warrington debut against Salford on Sunday

We watch what’s being said and team news as Round 17 of the Super League regular season comes to an end with two games on Sunday afternoon, with Wakefield Trinity hosting Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves hosting Salford Red Devils …

Wakefield Trinity v Wigan Warriors (3 p.m.)

Willie Poching is looking for a much more stoic performance from Wakefield as they aim to put last week’s heavy defeat at Salford to bed.

Trinity went down 74-10 at the AJ Bell Stadium in Round 16 and now faces a daunting task when they host Challenge Cup winners Wigan Warriors at Be Well Support Stadium on Sunday.

Head coach Poching is confident his players are showing the right attitude, but knows they can’t afford any slips against one of Super League’s 2022 standouts as the 11th-placed side aim to improve his record of just five wins in 16 matches. so far.

“We have to be professional, and we are a team that needs a high percentage of people on the pitch to perform well,” Poching said.

“I’ve seen enough in the season to know we have the right attitude. If not, we look at it and it starts with me.”

Wigan enter the game with an unchanged squad of 21 players since the 40-6 home win over last-placed Toulouse Olympique last Friday.

Highlights of the Super League game between Wigan Warriors and Toulouse Olympique

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Highlights of the Super League game between Wigan Warriors and Toulouse Olympique

Highlights of the Super League game between Wigan Warriors and Toulouse Olympique

But while Wakefield sits just one place above the French side, Warriors head coach Matt Peet doesn’t underestimate them, even though they have beaten the same opponents in the league before. and in the Cup this year.

“It will be a very motivated team at the start, and we have to focus on our own standards,” said Peet.

“If we play with the best of us, we can get the job done, but anything less and it can soon turn for the worse, especially on this ground more than any other.”

Named squads

Trinity of Wakefield: Max Jowitt, Jacob Miller, Mason Lino, Eddie Battye, Liam Hood, Tinirau Arona, Matty Ashurst, Kelepi Tanginoa, Jay Pitts, Jordy Crowther, Jai Whitbread, James Batchelor, Lee Gaskell, Jack Croft, Yusuf Aydin, Harry Bowes, Lewis Murphy , Corey Hall, Rob Butler, David Fifita, Kyle Evans.

Wigan Warriors: Bevan French, Jake Bibby, Liam Marshall, Thomas Leuluai, Brad Singleton, Sam Powell, Patrick Mago, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, John Bateman, Kaide Ellis, Harry Smith, Oliver Partington, Ethan Havard, Liam Byrne, Kai Pearce-Paul, Joe Shorrocks, Jai Field, Abbas Miski, Sam Halsall, Brad O’Neill.

Warrington Wolves v Salford Red Devils (3 p.m.)

Paul Rowley believes his Salford side are showing all the qualities the club should expect of them as they head to Warrington buoyed by a 13-Try rout of Wakefield last week.

The 74 points scored marked the highest points tally the Red Devils have ever reached in a Super League game, although head coach Rowley knows that will be a different story against Warrington.

Nonetheless, he’s proud of what he sees from his side and can’t wait to build on that win as they head to a Wolves side they sit above the points difference, both teams that have won six of 16 Super League games so far this year. and only four points outside the play-off places.

“I don’t think you could ever see something like this happen,” Rowley said. “We created pressure in the game and became more and more dominant. Something like that only happens once in a while.

Highlights of the Super League game between Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Trinity.

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Highlights of the Super League game between Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Trinity.

Highlights of the Super League game between Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Trinity.

“We are a team looking forward and we keep fighting. I think this team epitomizes everything Salford should be.”

Salford head to Halliwell Jones Stadium without inspirational captain Elijah Taylor, who was handed a one-game ban for hitting with the knee in the win over Wakefield.

Warrington, meanwhile, could debut recent signings Jake Wardle – who scored at this ground on his England debut against the Combined Nations last month – and Matty Nicholson, as well as off-season signing Greg Minikin after his recovery from an ACL injury.

Wolves head coach Daryl Powell expects Salford to ask his side plenty of questions which led to a 4-0 untested win at home to Hull FC on Matchday 16.

Jake Wardle got his England career off to a good start with a first try against the Combined Nations All Stars in Warrington

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Jake Wardle got his England career off to a good start with a first try against the Combined Nations All Stars in Warrington

Jake Wardle got his England career off to a good start with a first try against the Combined Nations All Stars in Warrington

“They’re one of those teams that in their day are exceptionally good from an attacking standpoint,” Powell said.

“They play a high-risk type of game, they move the ball a lot and they really challenge you. They thought about their strengths and speed around the edges.”

Named squads

Wolves of Warrington: Joe Bullock, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Matt Davis, Riley Dean, James Harrison, Oliver Holmes, Peter Mata’utia, Thomas Mikaele, Greg Minikin, Robbie Mulhern, Matty Nicholson, Stefan Ratchford, Josh Thewlis, Danny Walker, Jake Wardle, Gareth Widdop, George Williams, Connor Wrench.

Salford Red Devils: Ryan Brierley, Ken Sio, Kallum Watkins, Tim Lafai, Joe Burgess, Brodie Croft, Marc Sneyd, Sitaleki Akauola, Andy Ackers, Greg Burke, Harvey Livett, Chris Atkin, Jack Ormondroyd, Rhys Williams, Matt Costello, Sam Luckley, Deon Cross , Alex Gerrard, Tyler Dupree.




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