Hull KR vs Wakefield Trinity - Super League Round 1 Preview

Wakefield and Hull Kingston Rovers come into this season with very different mind sets, KR's based on survival, in comparison to the top 4 desire of Wakefield.

Wakefield will be hoping to put an end to the recent run of opening day defeats, 2015 was their last opening day victory in a close game with Castleford. The Robins have failed to pick up 2 points in round 1 since 2011, also worth remembering that they were not in Super League in 2017.

As far as head to heads go, recent history favours Rovers, picking up the win 3 out of the last 5 meetings of these two sides. The dynamic of the two clubs is very different from their last meeting back in 2016, Wakefield have come on in leaps and bounds whereas Hull have spent the last 12 months pushing for their place back in Super League.

Hull KR - 1. Adam Quinaln 3. Thomas Minns 4. Andrew Heffernan 5. Ryan Shaw 7. Danny Mcguire 9. Shaun Lunt 10. Mose Masoe 11. Maurice Blair 12. James Greenwood 13. Ben Kavanagh 14. Lee Jewitt 17. Chris Clarkson 19. Tommy Lee 20. Matty Marsh 21. Robbie Mulhern 22. Liam Salter 24. Chris Atkin 29. Jordan Walne 36. Justin Carney.

Wakefield Trinity - 1. Scott Grix 2. Tom Johnstone 3. Bill Tupou 4. Reece Lyne 5. Ben Jones-Bishop 6. Jacob Miller 7. Liam Finn 8. David Fafita 9. Kyle Wood 10. Anthony England 11. Matty Ashurst 12. Danny Kirmond 14. Justin Horo 15. Pauli Pauli 16. Tinirau Arona 20. Keegan Hirst 23. Chris Annakin 24. Mason Caton-Brown 25. Ryan Hampshire.

Key Match Up - Shaun Lunt vs Kyle Wood

Wakefield are the obvious favourites coming into this game, bolstered by new recruits and the return of star winger Tom Johnstone, they look a side that take some beating, the Rovers however, they look like a similar team that saw them relegated, looking at the two teams there is a blatant gap in overall skill across the two teams.

Wakefield are going to want to move the ball through the hands and look at exposing the vulnerable flanks of the Robins, Minns and Heffernan are going to be the targets of Wakefiled's attack, two young centres who will be look to be exposed and drawn out of the line to give the Wakefield wingers the best opportunity of making the scoresheet.

The Robins are going to attempt to keep this game as central as possible, relying on their experienced playmakers to give their forwards a platform to open the game up, hoping to expose any weakness in the Wakefield ranks.

I'm going to rule this game in Wakefield's favour, they look to have the stronger of the two sides, they also look like a team that can and will score plenty of points. I'm going to give this fixture to Trinity by a margin of 18+ points.



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