Ahead of what is a crunch game for Wakefield Trinity, Hull FC are set to welcome back powerful winger Fetuli Talanoa after his inclusion in the Airlie Bird’s nineteen man squad for match.
Having missed their last eight matches due to an ankle injury, the 30-year-old’s return would be a welcome boost for his team as they aim to build momentum ahead of their Super 8s campaign. Such is his importance to the team, it is only in recent weeks that he has been overtaken as the club’s top try scorer through 2018, fellow winger Bureta Faraimo now sitting three ahead of him on fifteen in his maiden campaign in Super League.
In addition to Talanoa’s imminent return, there is a slim chance that Marc Sneyd and Joe Westerman could return to the playing fold in Sunday’s match. Half back Sneyd’s absence has been a key miss for the Airlie Birds in recent weeks but, after missing over two month’s worth of action due to a serious knee injury, he is back in full training and the club have revealed that he is to undergo a late fitness test with a view to featuring on Sunday afternoon. Westerman, who has been absent in recent weeks also because of a knee injury, will be facing a late fitness test, too.
While Hull seem to only be playing for form and momentum ahead of the Super 8s – they seem settled in fifth before the split in two games time – Trinity need two points from their final two matches to secure their place in the top eight. Bearing in mind that their final match of the regular season is away to Huddersfield – who also need a win from their last two games to guarantee survival – they may view a home match against the Black and Whites as their best chance of securing their Super League status.