After a fast start to life in 2018, Wakefield Trinity are unsurprisingly getting all hands on deck in a bid to beat the big freeze in order for tomorrow’s rearranged match against Huddersfield Giants to go ahead.
With a 100% record to their name, Trinity’s staff and fans are out in force with the snow shovels in a bid to clear the ground’s surrounding area and access routes, eager to stretch their winning start and a fourth victory would ensure the Belle Vue outfit record their best ever Super League start. Visiting coach, Rick Stone, is of the belief that it will be a close contest.
If they are to record only their second victory of the season, they will require their own formidable winger Jermaine McGillvary to stop Trinity’s own flyer Tom Johnstone. Coming back from injury in the first game of the season, the German international crossed for a hat trick away to Hull KR and RLWC star ‘Jerry’ has been impressed with the man he is set to line up against. “He’s an outstanding player, he’s got everything,” Huddersfield’s star explained and – if Johnstone keeps up his superb form and fulfills his potential – he will be knocking on the door to join McGillvary in the England squad at the end of the season. Indeed, the regard in which the rugby league world holds him is already clear and rumours of Australian interest have emerged in recent weeks. While his coach Chris Chester poured cold water on the speculation, any player displaying such form and quality will inevitably attract interest from the money league of the NRL.
Looking to tomorrow’s match, Chester had something of an ominous warning for their West Yorkshire rivals; “We’ve started okay, but I don’t think we’ve hit our straps yet with what we do with the ball,” he explained. If the match does, indeed, beat the weather, it will be played in baltic conditions where the fans would be best advised to take a flask or three of their hot beverage of choice but, with the talent likely to be on the field of play, at least there should be plenty of action to warm the paying punters up.