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Wakefield Wildcats’ drive towards the Super League playoff places continues on Sunday as they welcome Huddersfield Giants to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

James Webster’s installation as Wakefield coach following the departure of Richard Agar sparked a resurgence in West Yorkshire, with the Wildcats chalking up five wins and a draw with just one loss on the Australian’s watch to date.

It is a remarkable run which has seen them defy reigning champions Wigan Warriors, 2013 Grand Finalists Warrington Wolves, as well as local rivals Leeds Rhinos. Now just two points separate the Wildcats from Widnes in the all-important eighth place with five rounds of action remaining.

Webster believes Wakefield are in need of four wins from their remaining five matches to make the knockout stages, but the visit of sixth-placed Huddersfield will provide a stern test for the Wildcats.

“We probably need to win four of our five remaining games to get into the playoffs; traditionally it has been 26 or 27 points that has got you close to making eighth spot,” he told Sky Sports.

“We’ve got Huddersfield this week and we travel away to St Helens yet so we have a couple of tough games but if we keep up the form we’ve shown over the last couple of weeks we definitely have a chance.”

Huddersfield also enter Round 23 on a high after registering back-to-back wins against Bradford Bulls and Catalan Dragons following defeats to Castleford Tigers and Salford Red Devils earlier in the month.

Aiming high

Despite their chequered run – winning just three of their last five matches – Giants coach Paul Anderson is still aiming high.

"There is everything to play for," Anderson said. "We want to be in that top four, we still want to finish top if that's possible.”

Ahead of the Giants’ trip to Wakefield Webster has made one enforced change with Matt Ryan ruled out of action.

The back rower underwent a shoulder reconstruction on Wednesday and in doing so ended his run as the only ever-present for Trinity in 2014. Ryan is replaced by 17-year old full-back Max Jowitt.

Meanwhile, Anderson makes two changes to the side which beat the Dragons last time out.

Leroy Cudjoe misses out following his late withdrawal at the weekend and is replaced by Aaron Murphy, while an injury to Kyle Wood sees Shaun Lunt make his comeback from an injury of his own.

Wakefield Wildcats: Mathers, Riley, Kirmond, Keinhorst, Sykes, Lauitiiti, Raleigh, McShane, Gilmour, Sammut, Washbrook, Jowitt, Owen, Moore, T Smith, Tautai, Lyne, Scruton, Wildie

Huddersfield Giants: Grix, McGillvary, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Bailey, Lawrence, Patrick, Ta’ai, Broughton, Kaufusi, Mullally, Connor, Leeming

Super League Table

Super League Table - September 14 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 27 38
2 Wigan Warriors 27 37
3 Huddersfield Giants 27 37
4 Castleford Tigers 27 36
5 Warrington Wolves 27 35
6 Leeds Rhinos 27 32
7 Catalans Dragons 27 29
8 Widnes Vikings 27 27
9 Hull K R 27 23
10 Salford Red Devils 27 23
11 Hull FC 27 22
12 Wakefield Wildcats 27 21
13 Bradford Bulls * 27 10
14 London Broncos 27 2
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Thursday 5th February
20:00Widnes vs Wigan
Friday 6th February
20:00St Helens vs Catalans Dragons
Sunday 8th February
15:00Huddersfield vs Hull
15:00Warrington vs Salford
15:00Hull K R vs Leeds
15:30Castleford vs Wakefield
Thursday 12th February
20:00Salford vs St Helens
Friday 13th February
20:00Hull vs Warrington
20:00Leeds vs Widnes
20:00Wigan vs Huddersfield
Today's Results
TimeResult
First Utility Super League
Saturday 11th October
St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan
Friday 3rd October
Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington
Thursday 2nd October
St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons
Friday 26th September
Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons
Thursday 25th September
Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington
Saturday 20th September
Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons
Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes
Friday 19th September
St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford
Thursday 18th September
Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield
Sunday 14th September
Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R

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