It’s back! The infamous Easter Period is set to unfold in the professional game!
As if the multiple ‘Beasts’ and Pests’ were tiring enough, now two match within four to five days for our athletes!
Nevertheless, life goes on and below is part one of the Easter fixtures, find out who might just come out on top!
Wakefield Trinity RLFC Vs Castleford Tigers
First up out of the rivalries is the old West Yorkshire classic between Wakefield Trinity RLFC and Castleford Tigers down at the Mobile Rocket stadium.
Two ‘provincial’ clubs who have really set Super League alight over the last two years and now come to blows in the hopes of continuing such accolades!
Jacob Miller Vs Jamie Ellis
The obvious choice as Australian Jacob Miller goes up against the 2017 Championship top points scorer Jamie Ellis.
Miller has been a revelation for Wakefield since departing Hull FC, helping them to Super League survival twice before going within minutes of the Super League semi-finals.
But Ellis, having big shoes to fill, has helped Castleford to a good run of form in recent weeks.
Two very good kickers of the ball as well as possessing the ferocity of taking on the defensive line, no matter who the opponent is, so a very tough battle is on the cards here.
Matty Ashurst Vs Mike McMeeken
A look at the pack and another of Trinity’s recent signings Matty Ashurst is set to tackle England international Mike McMeeken.
Ashurst has won over the Trinity faithful and hardly surprising given his 242 tackles already this season, the highest amount from a Wakefield player.
But McMeeken is enjoyed a good steady 2018, proving to be reliable in both attack and defence in Castleford’s recent run of form.
Two very fierce, supporting players who will provide a lot of depth for the pack and will look to lay any sort of platform down for their attackers in what should be an entertaining game.
Bill Tupou Vs Michael Shenton
Finally, a look at two highly dangerous centre three-quarters in Bill Tupou and Michael Shenton.
Tupou, having been joint top of metres made for Trinity last season, is repeating such heroics with 860 so far this season.
Shenton meanwhile, may have been under the spotlight but given his past achievements, will prove a difficult opponent.
Two players who are superb in attack and will even put in a stint in defence but most importantly as three-quarters, should provide either team with plenty of support play throughout.
A tough game to call as both teams possess sizable forward packs, which is the main focus here.
Bad news for Trinity, they are without David Fifita. Though they still have plenty of forwards, missing such a powerful figure may see Wakefield lack some vigour and inspiration.
This means the likes of Pauli Pauli, Craig Huby, Keegan Hirst and Tinirau Arona will have to work overtime in his absence but is he that important? Can they cope?
Well, they still have Captain Danny Kirmond to lead by example and in such a crucial game, they need a leader more than ever.
As for the backs, they still have first choice pivots Miller, Liam Finn, Scott Grix and Kyle Wood to work as a combination.
All of whom can work well with one of the quickest and most powerful set of three-quarters in the Betfred Super League.
Joining Tupou, Trinity have Ben Jones-Bishop, Mason Caton-Brown, and of course Tom Johnstone, who all know their way to the try line and can out in the hard yards when required.
However, Castleford will be no slouches and given their form, should prove more than a match for the hosts.
Their pack has minimal casualties, though Jesse Sene-Lefao still misses out, they still have Junior Moors, Grant Millington, Oliver Holmes, James Green and Nathan Massey all joining McMeeken.
A lot of size and strength to choose from plus ball handling skills that has helped them recover from their opening round blip at Saints and record this winning run so far.
Castleford seem to have that edge in the front row, especially with Paul McShane and Adam Milner able to rotate with one or another at the ruck and provide Castleford with plenty of energy in such an area.
The half-backs could be the weak point as their attack has not been all that consistent, especially compared to last season.
The Tigers ‘weak link’ though could be their back line. True, Jake Webster and Shenton are fantastic but Wakefield could exploit such an area and Greg Minikin and James Clare may falter.
However, they have proved themselves in the past and so whether they may lose their nerve in the derby match is doubtful.
Both teams are relatively even for power, skill and speed but given their sudden change up front, Wakefield look to struggle a bit more and should go down here.
That and Castleford’s better confidence considering their winning run as well as having a more developed squad considering their minimal changes too.
That being the only separation between two talented teams but it would not be surprising if it went the other way, but a narrow Castleford win does look more likely.