Wakefield vs London
7:45pm Friday 13th September
The Mobile Rocket Stadium
When they sponsor Super League relegation rivals London Broncos on Friday, ryan Atkins is to pull on a Wakefield Trinity top for the first time in a few years.
The facility returned into the club he played for from 2006 to 2009 after 10 years using Warrington Wolves ahead of the August transfer deadline, but has not yet featured due to injury.
Atkins has become fit and Trinity head coach Chris Chester is delighted to have the Challenge Cup winner that is two-time readily available for the clash at Mobile Rocket Stadium.
“He has been a positive effect on the group for the previous three or four months because he’s been here,” Chester said.
“He has been in all of the team meetings. He he has played of the big games and knows exactly what to say.
“This is something which he’s likely not used to however the more experienced players we could get out on the area this week, the better for everyone.”
Atkins’ inclusion is the only change Chester was made out of a week’s 23-16 defeat away to Warrington Wolves into his 19-man squad, substituting the injured Anthony England.
The equation is simple for Wakefield on Friday: Acquire, and they will be guaranteed a place in Super League for a 22nd-consecutive year old.
But defeat would mean they’ll nervously awaiting the results of the two games involving the other sides fighting to avoid the fall, Hull Kingston Rovers along with Huddersfield Giants.
Trinity have won 11 of their last 12 home meetings because the Broncos triumphed 36-12 at West Yorkshire manner back.
However, their first game back in Super League this year found Danny Ward’s side triumph 42-24 in the Trailfinders Sports Ground and they followed up with a second home win over Wakefield, 42-34, in May.
The Broncos know completing the hat-trick over Wakefield will be enough to guarantee that they avoid being relegated to the Championship.
Last Friday win off to Hull KR ensured the survival battle was taken by the club from the funds to the last round of the regular year and head coach Ward is aware of what’s online for all four nightclubs.
“It’s insanity and great to its impartial, but not too great for those concerned,” Ward, who’s named an unchanged 19-man team, stated.
“I am unsure how many years in training I’ve got left if it’s like that – it might be a short career. However, it shows the quality of the contest and we have got a four-way struggle at the bottom now.”
Wakefield Trinity 19-man squad: Joe Arundel, Ryan Atkins, Danny Brough, Jordy Crowther, Morgan Escare, Chris Green, Titus Gwaze, Ryan Hampshire, Ben Jones-Bishop, Lee Kershaw, George King, Danny Kirmond, Craig Kopczak, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Tyler Randell, Adam Tangata, Kelepi Tanginoa, Kyle Wood
London Broncos 19-man group: Jordan Abdull, Guy Armitage, Eddie Battye, Rob Butler, James Cunningham, Kieran Dixon, Matty Fozard, Matt Gee, Daniel Hindmarsh, Elliot Kear, Olsi Krasniqi, Brock Lamb, Will Lovell, Nathan Mason, Ryan Morgan, Jay Pitts, Alex Walker, Rhys Williams, Luke Yates