Wakefield Trinity

Stadium: The Mobile Rocket Stadium
Coach: Chris Chester
2018 finish: 5th in Super 8’s

33/1 with Betfred to win the 2019 Grand Final

 The return of Danny Brough could be key for Wakefield in 2019

It was another season of steady progress that ultimately saw Wakefield finish outside of the semi-final spots in 2018.

Having missed out on 4th spot by just a point in 2017, Wakefield once again proved themselves to be a match for any team in the Betfred Super League last season – a fact reflected by three of their players making the 2018 Dream Team.

Spearheaded by an explosive forward pack boasting the likes of David Fifita, Pauli Pauli and Justin Horo, Trinity’s physicality in the middle proved too much for many to handle whilst the blistering pace of Dream Team winger Tom Johnstone (10/1 – Top Regular Season Tryscorer) meant that Chris Chester’s side were a threat from anywhere on the park.

Ultimately, consistency would prove to be Wakefield’s downfall though. A blistering start to the season saw them go four games unbeaten, but this was then followed by a run of five straight defeats in March and April, with Trinity then struggling to put together a good run of results throughout the season.

With this in mind, it will be interesting to see if they can rectify this problem in 2019 and take that step and make the knock out stages. With the new structure in place – giving the top five a shot at the Grand Final – Wakefield supporters will be hopeful that this is the year they can do so.

Trinity’s recruitment for 2019 has been shrewd. The big headline name is obviously the signing of half-back Danny Brough, who returns to Belle Vue nine years after leaving to join Huddersfield.

The former Scotland Captain will provide Wakefield with another cutting edge going forward, and his wealth of experience could be crucial in helping them get over the line in the big games.

Another signing of note is that of former Wales captain Craig Kopczak. The Prop forward has been the epitome of consistency for the Salford Red Devils in the last three seasons and could prove to be another key pillar in the already impressive Trinity Pack.

There is absolutely no doubt that Wakefield have all the ingredients in place for another successful season. It’s been some time since they have been able to boast a squad with such balance between the power of the forwards and the sheer pace of the likes of Reece Lyne and Johnstone.

The big question is – can Chester get all of these weapons firing at the same time, week in week out? If he can, then who knows, it could be a huge season for Wakefield.

What do the experts think?

Paul Sculthorpe: “Can Wakey go one further this season and finally make the semi-finals? Head coach Chris Chester doing a sterling job at Belle Vue, also the return of the prodigal son Danny Brough – for the third time! Can he be the difference?”

Star man? Tom Johnstone

Predicted finish? 8th

Jamie Peacock: “They are such a huge team – and will be hard to beat at home. They need to overcome inconsistency to challenge for the play offs however.”

Predicted finish? 8th

 The 2019 Betfred Super League kicks off in:

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