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Super League: Wakefield Wildcats v London Broncos preview

Last updated: 12th June 2014  

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Wakefield Wildcats will be looking to distance themselves from Bradford Bulls when the lowly London Broncos visit Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Friday night.

The 12th-placed Wildcats are just six points clear of the Bulls following their 20-12 loss to Bradford on June 1, while the club also have a new man at the helm in James Webster.

The Australian has taken control of the first-team affairs at the Wildcats following Richard Agar’s decision to depart. It has been confirmed he will join Warrington’s backroom staff in 2015.

The Broncos have lost all 15 Super League outings to date and while they are almost certain to be relegated this season they have been showing signs of life in recent weeks.

Webster has included fit-again Taulima Tautai in his first 19-man squad for the visit of the Broncos.

Tautai, who is joining Wigan in 2015, returns having not played since round seven due to hamstring troubles and is joined in the squad by Tim Smith after he completed a loan move from Salford Red Devils for the rest of the season.

Not ready

Reece Lyne returned to training this week but is not yet ready for selection whilst Webster has not been able to call on long-term absentees Dean Collis and Ali Lauitiiti (both knee) in addition to the suspended Chris Annakin.

The Broncos welcome back Will Lovell and Jamie O'Callaghan for their trip up the M1 to face Wakefield. Lovell has been out since the end of February and O'Callaghan has missed the last seven games.

Head coach Joe Grima said: "The only two players who are unavailable for selection this week are Kieran Dixon, who is three weeks away, and Jordan Atkins who is suffering a shoulder injury and will be back next week."

"They are going to be very difficult to play and they're getting some really good players back. You're always wary after a team changes a coach and Webby (James Webster) has been there for quite some time.

"We're not going to change too much, we're just worried about us, we're not terribly worried about Wakefield."

Wildcats squad: Mathers, Riley, D. Smith, Walshaw, Sykes, Godinet, Anderson, McShane, Gilmour, Kirmond, Washbrook, Ryan, Owen, Wildie, T. Smith, Tautai, Sammut, Scruton, Molloy

Broncos squad: Caton-Brown, Cook, Cunningham, Drinkwater, Farrar, Foster, Greenwood, Griffin, Herold, Krasniqi, Lovell, Macani, Mataitonga, Minns, Moore, O'Callaghan, Slyney, Vea, Wallace

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Super League Table

Super League Table - August 29 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 25 38
2 Wigan Warriors 25 33
3 Warrington Wolves 25 33
4 Huddersfield Giants 25 33
5 Leeds Rhinos 25 32
6 Castleford Tigers 24 32
7 Widnes Vikings 25 25
8 Catalan Dragons 24 23
9 Hull K R 25 21
10 Hull FC 25 20
11 Salford Red Devils 24 19
12 Wakefield Wildcats 24 19
13 Bradford Bulls * 24 8
14 London Broncos 24 2

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