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Anderson wary of Wildcats threat
Saints destroyed Wigan 75-0 in their last outing in the Powergen Challenge Cup a week ago and coach Daniel Anderson admits it may take a little time for his side to regain their focus after scaling such heights.
He said: ?There is a definite chance of a let-down ? that?s what we have to deal with.
?It was a fairly emotional game last Sunday. The boys had prepared all week for it and you could see they were fairly tired, mentally more than physically.
?We will have to be prepared to talk about it and get on with it.?
Saints are without stand-off Jason Hooper, who injured his shoulder against Wigan and faces up to six weeks out. Scrum-half Sean Long is also missing with a broken wrist.
Wakefield, who are hoping the appointment of Smith can help them pull clear of relegation, rest Chris Feather with a dead leg.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v St Helens, Atlantic Solutions Stadium, Sunday July 3 2005
Wakefield 18-man squad: Halpenny, Wainwright, Demetriou, Domic, Tadulala, Rooney, Jeffries, Griffin, March, Korkidas, Solomona, J. Field, Spicer, Obst , Snitch, MacGillivray, Elima, M. Field.
St Helens 18-man squad: Wellens, Lyon, Talau, Gardner, Hardman, Wilkin, Fozzard, Cunningham, Graham, V. Anderson, Gilmour, Sculthorpe, Roby, Bennett, Edmondson, Mason, Moore, P. Anderson.
Referee: R Laughton
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Stankevitch remains confident
Widnes forward John Stankevitch believes the big-game factor will help his team-mates bounce back from last week?s shock loss at Toulouse against Warrington on Sunday.
The Vikings missed out on a place in the Powergen Challenge Cup semi-finals as they were outplayed by the French part-timers last Sunday.
A firefighters strike at the airport then delayed the squad?s return to England until Tuesday but after a miserable few days, Stankevitch believes an engage Super League derby is just the remedy the Vikings need.
The former St Helens forward said: ?I watched the Toulouse game on TV and I was extremely disappointed, I?m sure a lot of the players are as well.
?We have got enough experience to be winning games like that. We definitely should have won that game.
?I think for us it is a mental thing. We seem to be really up for the big games and are taking the lower teams for granted, expecting to get the result.
?If we were playing the likes of Leigh ? no disrespect ? we?d have a mental block, but with it being a local derby and with all the pressure, we can turn that pressure into a positive.
?Warrington is a massive game, we have got to win. If we beat Warrington at home I?m sure that will take a lot of pressure off following the result in Toulouse.
?We have got to forget about the Toulouse game and think positive. I don?t think there?s any reason why we can?t win.?
Stankevitch, who has been out with a thumb ligament injury but is set to play wearing strapping, is one of five faces ready to return for the Vikings along with Jules O'Neill, Gray Viane, Sala Fa'alogo and Simon Finnigan.
Gary Connolly is ruled out after pulling up in Toulouse but Gary Hulse is fit despite suffering an ankle injury in the cup loss.
They come up against a Wolves side in fine form after winning their last six Super League matches and nine of their last 10.
The Wolves are also close to full strength with Mike Wainwright making the squad despite fracturing fingers at Leigh three weeks ago.
Widnes 18-man squad: Emelio, Craigie, Myler, O'Connor, Millard, J. O'Neill, Cassidy, Stankevitch, Finnigan, Whitaker, Frame, Mills, Fa-alogo, Smith, Whittle, Holmes, Viane, J. O'Neill.
Warrington 18-man squad: Grose, Fa'afili, M. Gleeson, Kohe-Love, Gaskell, Briers, N. Wood, Leikvoll, Clarke, Hilton, Swann, Noone, M. Gleeson, Westwood, P. Wood, Lima, Appo, Pickersgill.
Referee: I Smith
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