Wakefield Wildcats v Hull FC: Match preview

All teams want to be breaking records from previous seasons. Wakefield, however, have broken their own record of longest run of games without a win; the record they are sure to not want to extend on Wednesday night.

Hull enter the game on the back of two consecutive losses against Leeds Rhinos. The first, a 32-20 loss at Headingley, was a close affair, and Hull had every chance in that game to gain a win. The second came last Friday in the cup, and Hull were, by their own admission, simply not up to the races, losing 6-24 at home.

The bounce back is on for the black and whites, and is a necessity.

A win for Hull KR on Tuesday will mean that Hull FC find themselves dropping out from 8th position, and into the battle for relegation. Though there are four games to be played after this fixture, the games against the likes of Wakefield are those that teams are expecting – rightly so, perhaps even Wakefield will admit – to win.

But the Wildcats will come into the game with a different attitude.

It is now mathematically impossible for them to escape the middle Super 8s, and they have long been saying that they are looking ahead and building for that competition. Such can be seen in their recent acquisitions of Jordan Tansey and, more to everyone’s surprise, Kevin Locke, in time for that end of season competition.

New coach Brian Smith, who is yet to win with the club, will not want to enter the Super 8s without a win under his belt, and the start for momentum to retain their Super League position is needed to commence as soon as possible.

The two sides will meet again on Sunday, and each will be certain to not want to enter that game with a loss.

Wakefield are also the fresher of the two sides. They last played June 20, whereas Hull FC have played twice since that date.

The game will certainly be interesting, with Wakefield trying to return from such harrowing form, and Hull with the possibility of finding themselves battling for survival alongside the Wildcats.

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