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Wakefield Wildcats v Hull KR - Super League match preview
Andy Raleigh and Vince Mellars return from injury to take their places in Wakefield's 19-man squad for the Super League clash with Hull KR at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Saturday.
Prop Raleigh and centre Mellars are included in a squad which also contains scrum-half Tim Smith, who may recover from an ankle injury which forced him to miss the Wildcats' opening game.
On-loan Brad Singleton and Matty Wildie drop out as head coach Richard Agar makes two changes to the squad which were thrashed at Bradford last weekend. Smith was in the initial 19 against the Bulls but could not make the match-day selection.
"We'll make a call on Tim Smith at our last field session. He's making good progress and is probably rated 50-50 at this stage," Agar said.
"He's back running and doing some twisting and turning but we want to make sure he's 100 per cent."
Hull KR will give a debut to former Wakefield second rower Dale Ferguson, who has joined Rovers on a month's loan from Huddersfield and takes the place of the injured Rhys Lovegrove in the only change.
The Robins are still without new signings Travis Burns and Sean Gleeson, as well as Ryan O'Hara and Kris Welham, but full-back Greg Eden will make his debut if he passes a late fitness test, with Craig Hall set to switch to stand-off.
Rovers suffered a 32-24 home defeat by Catalan Dragons on opening weekend and coach Craig Sandercock is looking for his side to make amends.
"We've had a look at the areas we need to improve on from last weekend and we will improve on them this week," he said.
"On Monday and Tuesday we had a good look at the video, as we do every week, and then from Wednesday onwards we've been concentrating on the task in hand at Wakefield on Saturday night."
Wakefield squad: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Cockayne, Sykes, T Smith, Poore, Aiton, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Washbrook, Wood, Amor, Wilkes, Mariano, Mellars, Lyne, Annakin.
Hull KR squad: Salter, Caro, Ferguson, Horne, Walker, Paterson, Mika, Tuimavave, Cox, Griffin, J Hodgson, Paea, Carlile, Hall, Dobson, D Hodgson, Eden, Latus, Withers.
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First Utility Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||3||2|
|10||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th March|
|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield Wildcats vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th March|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Hull K R|
|Thursday 12th March|
|20:00||Huddersfield vs Castleford|
|Friday 13th March|
|20:00||Warrington vs Leeds|
|20:00||Wigan vs Hull|
|20:00||Widnes Vikings vs St Helens|
|First Utility Super League|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Widnes Vikings 16 - 58 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Hull K R 22 - 20 Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Salford Red Devils 32 - 28 Hull FC|
|Catalans Dragons 38 - 18 Warrington Wolves|
|Friday 27th February|
|St Helens 21 - 14 Castleford Tigers|
|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
|Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes|
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