21st July 2018, 10:06 | wakefield_trinity
With just one win from their last five Betfred Super League matches, Trinity remain in trouble at the wrong end of the table but victory over Hull FC at the Mobile Rocket Stadium on Sunday would guarantee them a top-eight finish.
Defeat would mean they would have to beat in-form Huddersfield in the last round of the regular season at the John Smith’s Stadium next Friday to avoid a place in the Qualifiers.
“We know the importance of the game,” said Chester, whose side grabbed a crucial point in their last match at Leeds Rhinos. “We’ve prepared pretty well this week. We know it’s back in our hands.”
Wakefield back-row forward Justin Horo was involved in the Qualifiers last year with Catalans Dragons, who had to win the Million Pound Game to avoid relegation to the Championship, and is happy that his team have their destiny in their own hands.
“We’re in a good position,” said Horo. “While other teams have to look out for other results, we know what’s in front of us.
“We know it’s going to be a tough ask but we’ve got to go out and get these two points and then concentrate on the Super 8s.
“We’ve got to do whatever it takes to get the win. Hull are starting to lose bit of a stranglehold on a top-four spot so they will be equally desperate for different reasons.
“We feel like we’re a better team than where we are in the ladder and, if we can get that win, we can start looking forward to Huddersfield, enjoy the break and see if we can creep up a few places.
“We can build some momentum and see what happens from there but it’s important we give ourselves a chance in the Super 8s first and foremost.”
Hull are expected to have 11 senior players missing through injury including half-backs Jake Connor, Marc Sneyd and Albert Kelly, and that has made tactical planning difficult for Chester.
“We’re not too sure what kind of squad they’ll have so we’ve struggled to do any kind of preview,” he said.
“They will probably have some young kids playing, and we know what young kids bring, plenty of enthusiasm, so they will be a very dangerous side.”
Castleford Tigers’ surprise home defeat by Huddersfield Giants on Friday night has kept alive Hull’s top-four hopes but defeat at Wakefield would leave them vulnerable to both Trinity and Giants, who would both be just a point behind.
Hull coach Lee Radford said: "There’s no doubt it’s a huge fixture and it is difficult to play that down.
“Wakefield are a big, physical team. Whenever you play a side that has that presence, it’s important that you have more ball than them.
“But it’s no concern to me whatever their situation in the league is. The only thing I care about this weekend is a performance from us on Sunday.”