Wakefield vs London
7:45pm Friday 13th September
The Mobile Rocket Stadium
Ryan Atkins is to pull a Wakefield Trinity shirt to the very first time in a short time after they sponsor Super League relegation rivals London Broncos on Friday.
The 33-year-old facility returned into the club he played for from 2006 to 2009 following 10 years with Warrington Wolves before the August transfer deadline, but has not yet featured due to injury.
Atkins has become fit again and Trinity head coach Chris Chester is delighted to have the Challenge Cup winner that is two-time available for the clash at Mobile Rocket Stadium.
“He’s been a positive influence on the band for the last three or four months because he’s been here,” Chester said.
“He has been in all the group meetings. He he’s played in the big games and knows exactly what to say.
“This is something which he’s probably not used to however the more experienced players we can get out to the area this week, the better for everyone.”
Atkins’ addition is the only change Chester has created into his squad out of a week defeat to Warrington Wolves, replacing the injured Anthony England.
The equation is easy for Wakefield on Friday: Acquire, and they will be guaranteed a place in Super League for a season.
But defeat would mean they will be awaiting the results of the 2 games between both sides.
Since the Broncos triumphed 36-12 at West Yorkshire way back in May 2003 trinity have won 11 of their last 12 home meetings with the Londoners.
But their very first game back in Super League this year found Danny Ward’s side triumph and they followed up with a second home win over Wakefield in May.
The Broncos know just completing the hat-trick over Wakefield will probably be enough to guarantee that they avoid being relegated to the Championship after one year back in Super League.
Last Friday’s dramatic win off to Hull KR guaranteed the club from the funds took the survival struggle to the final round of head coach and the day Ward is well aware of what’s online for all four nightclubs.
“It’s insanity and great to the neutral, although not too great for those concerned,” Ward, who has called an unchanged 19-man team, stated.
“I’m uncertain how many years in training I have left if it’s like that – it might be a brief career. But it shows the quality of the competition and we have got a four-way fight at the base today.”
Wakefield Trinity 19-man team: Joe Arundel, Ryan Atkins, Danny Brough, Jordy Crowther, Morgan Escare, Chris Green, Titus Gwaze, Ryan Hampshire, Ben Jones-Bishop, Lee Kershaw, George King, Danny Kirmond, Craig Kopczak, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Tyler Randell, Adam Tangata, Kelepi Tanginoa, Kyle Wood
London Broncos 19-man squad: Jordan Abdull, Guy Armitage, Eddie Battye, Rob Butler, James Cunningham, Kieran Dixon, Matty Fozard, Matt Gee, Daniel Hindmarsh, Elliot Kear, Olsi Krasniqi, Brock Lamb, Will Lovell, Nathan Mason, Ryan Morgan, Jay Pitts, Alex Walker, Rhys Williams, Luke Yates