28th June 2018, 18:33 | StHelens

Saints wary of Wakefield

Saints wary of Wakefield

St Helens head coach Justin Holbrook is wary of the threats posed by Wakefield Trinity as his table-topping team aim to make it 10 wins on the bounce.

Saints are six points clear at the top of Betfred Super League and on course for only their second League Leaders’ Shield in 10 years in their first full season under Holbrook.

Holbrook’s team last suffered defeat at Wakefield in mid-April and the Australian knows St Helens will have to be at their best to prevent Trinity from doing the double.

“Wakefield are a really good side,” he said.

“They beat us earlier in the season and over the last five or six weeks have been great. They nearly beat Warrington, then easily beat Wigan and had a good victory over the weekend.

“They have kept the same side for the last five or six weeks too. They are a dangerous, well-balanced side.

“They have a big pack of forwards, lightning quick outside backs and Jacob Miller has a good kicking game.

After easing past Widnes Vikings last week to make it three wins in four games, Wakefield are in high spirits ahead of Friday’s trip to the runaway leaders.

Head coach Chris Chester said: “It’s a massive challenge. They’ve only been beaten twice in Super League this year so they’re a very difficult team to beat.

“We’ve got to be a little bit better defensively than we were in that second half against Widnes.

“Against Saints you’ve got to do all the little things well – kick the ball well, complete your sets and finish off any opportunities we get.

“But we played them down here seven or eight weeks ago and we certainly know how to beat them, so who knows?

“We should be confident going into this game on the back of a good win against Widnes.”

Hull FC – two points better off than Wakefield and four behind fourth-placed Warrington Wolves – have been warned against complacency when they welcome rock-bottom Widnes to the KCOM Stadium.

Head coach Lee Radford said: “They’re struggling at the bottom of the table for a reason, but we need to focus on our own performance.

“A performances is what I’m after against Widnes, significantly improved performances from individuals and a collective, and the league will take care of itself.”

Warrington dropped a place following Castleford Tigers' victory over Wigan Warriors last week but a home play-off semi-final remains boss Steve Price’s aim.

“I’ve said all along that we want to be a top-four club and now we’ve put ourselves into a position to push for that top two,” said Price. “The ball is in our court.”

In Friday’s other Super League fixture, Hull Kingston Rovers host Huddersfield in a must-win match for Tim Sheens’ side, who are six points behind the eighth-placed Giants with only five rounds of the regular season remaining.