Wakefield Trinity coach Willie Poching says he expects his side and opponents Catalans Dragons to bounce back after losing in round one of the Betfred Super League (Catalans 1/16, Draw 28/1, Wakefield 9/1 – Match Betting).
Catalans, who reached last year’s Grand Final, were beaten by St Helens in round one, while Wakefield lost 16-12 to Hull FC.
The Dragons finished top of the pile in 2021, and Steve McNamara’s side are expected to respond on home soil, with Poching expecting the French outfit to be “hurting”.
However, the Trinity boss says his team also have something to prove on Saturday evening.
He told the Yorkshire Post: “We have got our own things we want to fix up.
“It was a heavy pitch, so this week has been about recovery and getting ready to go over to France and, hopefully, get on a faster pitch and play against a team who will be hurting after their first-round loss.
“They will want to bounce back. It was a physical game against St Helens, full of passion and emotion. They have lost a couple of players, but they’ve got a good squad and a deep squad throughout.”
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Wakefield have lost their last eight matches to Catalans in all competitions, but the Dragons are without suspended duo Dylan Napa and Gil Dudson, while Julian Bousquet and Arthur Morgue are injured.
In Saturday’s 12:30 KO, Hull FC will welcome reigning Betfred Super League champions, St Helens, to East Yorkshire (Hull FC 5/1, Draw 22/1, St Helens 2/13 – Match Betting).
The Black and Whites are without Jake Connor and Andre Savelio due to suspension, while Saints coach Kristian Woolf has named an unchanged squad.
At 15:00, Huddersfield Giants play host to Hull Kingston Rovers, with Ian Watson’s side looking to build on their 42-14 victory over Toulouse (Huddersfield 8/15, Draw 20/1, Hull KR 13/8 – Match Betting).
Watson has no new injuries to contend with, while Robins coach Tony Smith welcomes back Ethan Ryan and Elliot Minchella.
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