Week five may see this season’s “sleeping giants” awaken from their slumber at the right time, that or this season’s dark horses will continue their surge towards history.
Who knows?! Either one’s possible, let’s be honest but which will it go in week five? Find out below on the possibilities of all four fixtures!
Wakefield Trinity RLFC Vs St Helens
An all-important clash over at the Beaumont Legal stadium as “rags to riches” side Wakefield Trinity play host to St Helens.
Trinity are unchanged from their thrashing of the Salford Red Devils whereas the Saints are without Kyle Amor, leaving a spot open for youngster Danny Richardson to enter the squad.
A very tough game to call as both have played some entertaining rugby recently, despite enduring different sort of form in the Super 8s.
Looking at Wakefield, they have to be favoured though; an unchanged squad shouldn’t disrupt any momentum they built up last week and having home advantage too is crucial.
To pick personnel out, Jacob Miller has been fantastic since his return from injury, becoming an inspiration in attack.
There’s others too in Liam Finn with his kicking game and now new signing Tyler Randell, who enjoyed a dream debut last week, was primarily down to his attacking prowess.
Then of course to help this happen, there’s robust forwards like David Fafita to lay the platform down for such attackers to exploit.
As for the opposition, the Saints still pose a serious threat; having the world class Ben Barba in your ranks to combine with Jonny Lomax and Matty Smith should be exciting to watch.
James Roby to help out from hooker too and he has been fantastic in recent weeks with his speed around the ruck and even putting in an excellent defensive stint.
As for their pack, though Saints have their forwards in Alex Walmsley and Domonique Peyroux to do a job, losing Amor might just prove the difference.
You know what they say, any disruption to the apple cart, this case being their rotating front row, can hinder anyone and at such a late stage to the season, it may impact the Saints here.
That and their confidence will be slightly diminished from three straight defeats.
Though they have all the experience to cope under such pressure and, with respect, more than Wakefield at this stage of the season when Old Trafford is so near, it looks unlikely.
Trinity’s forwards should prove slightly more powerful, that and the Saints are undergoing transition in their pivots, which may need a little more time to settle.
So with transition, disruption, confidence and being away against them, the Saints will be edged out by a talented Wakefield outfit, but make no mistake, it will be tight!