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Wakefield v Huddersfield (Round 4)
Wakefield and Huddersfield clash at Belle Vue on Saturday night with each side desperate to hit form.
Both sides have won just one of their opening three games but the Wildcats are in better heart after a surprise 26-6 victory at Harlequins last time out.
Huddersfield were given a good working over at Wigan, where they shipped in 30 points in the opening 33 minutes, but after rallying to lose only 36-20, coach Jon Sharp remains positive.
Sharp said: ?Immediately after the game I felt extremely disappointed, I felt it was a step back, but having looked at the tape I felt the last 50 minutes were really good. There were positives to come out of it.
?It?s just disappointing we gave ourselves such a mountain to climb, but Wigan played very well.
?When teams are completing sets like that it is very hard to get momentum and we found it difficult to get the ball.
?We have played against Leeds, Warrington and Wigan ? teams who are going to be up there ? so we?ve had a tough start but I?m really happy with how we have played.
?Judging by Wakefield?s result in London it shows they are a very good attacking side and they have got good quality players in their defensive ranks. It is going to be a real test.?
Wakefield are without suspended half-back Sam Obst and Jon Whittle, who was carried off on a stretcher after injuring his back in the Wildcats? win over Harlequins last week, is also out. Tom Saxton, on loan from Hull as cover for injured full-back Mark Field, is in the squad.
Playmaker Jamie Rooney is on the comeback trail after seven months out with a cruciate ligament injury but not ready for consideration.
Huddersfield have no new injury problems following last week?s defeat at Wigan. Prop Jim Gannon remains a long-term casualty but coach Jon Sharp otherwise reports a clean bill of health.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Huddersfield Giants, Saturday March 4
Wakefield 18-man: Halpenny, Demetriou, Tadulala, Jeffries, Griffin, March, Korkidas, Solomona, J. Field, Betham, White, Wrench, MacGillivray, Elima, Henderson, Applegarth, King, Saxton.
Huddersfield 18-man: Reilly, Aspinwall, Evans, De Vere, Thorman, Paul, Crabtree, Drew, Nero, Snitch, Wild, Jones, Jackson, March, Smith, McDonald, Gardner, Torrens.
Referee: S Ganson