Leeds play their third West Yorkshire derby in as many weeks as they take on Wakefield at The Mobile Rocket Stadium on Sunday.
Having lost to Castleford and drawn with Huddersfield, the Rhinos will hope to make it third time lucky and secure a first win of the season over one of their local rivals.
After a flying start to the campaign which saw Trinity win their opening four games, the club’s best start to a season since 1945, Chris Chester’s side have been halted in their tracks and go into this fixture on the back of four straight losses.
Away defeats to Wigan, Warrington and Hull FC, going down to Castleford at home and having their game with Widnes abandoned due to bad weather has seen Wakefield fall to 7th in the league.
A win on Sunday afternoon would take them to within a point of their opponents Leeds, who currently sit 4th.
Leeds responded to the frustrating draw with a weakened and struggling Huddersfield side on Easter Friday with a 20-0 win over Salford on Monday to claim a first win in three games.
The win was their first since beating league leaders St. Helens in mid-March, and kept them just one point off Warrington in third, although the Rhinos do have two games in hand on the Wolves.
Although these contests are usually hard-fought affairs, particularly on Wakefield’s turf, it’s Leeds who have the far superior record.
In the last 10 Super League meetings, going back to 2009, Leeds have won 7 of them compared to Trinity’s 3. The Rhinos have also won a two Challenge Cup ties with their neighbours in that time too.
In matches at the newly named Mobile Rocket Stadium, Wakefield have a slightly better overall record against Leeds with 4 wins in 10 games but have lost the other 6. Five of those games have been decided by a margin of 10-points or less.
Wakefield won the most recent clash, romping to a 38-6 in last year’s Super 8’s. Leeds came out on top in the two regular round games in 2017, winning 38-14 at Headingley and 18-16 in the reverse.
Three changes have been made to the Wakefield side that lost to an epic Marc Sneyd drop goal at the KCOM Stadium.
Captain Danny Kirmond returns after missing the two fixtures over the Easter weekend, ex-Leeds winger Ben Jones-Bishop is also back and Justin Horo, who wasn’t named to play Hull FC but did take to the field after a late change, keeps his place.
They come in for Chris Annakin, Mason Caton-Brown and Jordan Crowther.
David Fifita is unavailable for the home side, while Scott Grix and Liam Finn are also left out of the squad.
Jamie Jones-Buchanan (ankle) and Anthony Mullally (concussion) return to the squad after they missed out against Salford due to injury.
Brett Delaney drops out, as does Jimmy Keinhorst who did not feature on Easter Monday despite being named in the squad.
Liam Sutcliffe, who Leeds opted not to risk earlier this week so soon after recovering from his foot injury, could be in line for his return, although that’s unlikely to be in the left centre position he started the season in as Brian McDermott has confirmed that in-form Ash Handley will be given the opportunity to make that position his own.
The 19-man squads in full are-
Wakefield Trinity: Tom Johnstone, Bill Tupou, Reece Lyne, Ben Jones-Bishop, Jacob Miller, Kyle Wood, Matty Ashurst, Danny Kirmond, Tyler Randell, Justin Horo, Pauli Pauli, Tinirau Arona, Craig Huby, Joe Arundel, James Batchelor, Keegan Hurst, Max Jowitt, Jordan Baldwinson, Ryan Hampshire.
Leeds Rhinos: Ashton Golding, Tom Briscoe, Kallum Watkins, Liam Sutcliffe, Ryan Hall, Joel Moon, Richie Myler, Matt Parcell, Brad Singleton, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett, Stevie Ward, Brad Dwyer, Anthony Mullally, Brett Ferres, Ash Handley, Cameron Smith, Mikolaj Oledzki, Josh Walters.
Date: Sunday 8th April 2018.
Venue: The Mobile Rocket Stadium, Wakefield.
Referee: Chris Kendall.