16th June 2018, 09:43 | wakefield_trinity
Chris Chester’s men have already beaten the top two teams in Betfred Super League and the third-placed Wolves could be vulnerable coming off the back of a surprise home defeat by Castleford Tigers.
Warrington full-back Stefan Ratchford said: “It’s always a tough place to go, whether Wakefield are bottom of the league or halfway up the table as they are now.
“They always make it difficult for teams when they go there. They’re playing well at the moment and they’ve beaten Wigan and Saints.
“We had a slip-up last week against Castleford so we can’t afford to go there and lose really.
“We’ve got to bounce back from the defeat, but they will be riding high from the victory they had over Wigan.”
Castleford will be aiming for a third successive win when they host a Hull KR side bolstered by the inclusion of new signing Joel Tomkins, the former dual-code England international who joined them after leaving Wigan Warriors.
Tomkins has swapped a team challenging at the top end of the table for one struggling to get out of the bottom four but he insists he is ready for the fight.
“I’ve been in this situation before at Wigan,” Tomkins said. “They’ve not always been a top-four side whilst I played for them.
“You’re looking at different parts of the table but we all want the same thing. There’s as much – if not more – at stake.
“It’s not an easy game by any stretch of the imagination but it’s an easy game to get up for.
“There’ll be a good atmosphere there and training this week has been really high intensity. There’s been a big focus on getting a win this weekend.
“Last year, Castleford were unbelievable. This year, they’ve probably not hit those heights yet but they’ve still got the same team and potentially they could do that again.
“I think we saw against Warrington that they played a bit more like they did last season.
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“You can catch them when they’re on fire and they can be pretty hard to handle but hopefully this week we can impose our game on them and get a win.”
Hull KR coach Tim Sheens also has the services of fit-again captain Shaun Lunt and prop Lee Jewitt, who have both recovered from injury as they look to make amends for their recent 42-14 home defeat by the Tigers.
Castleford coach Daryl Powell has experienced duo Jake Webster and Junior Moors available and has to decide whether to stick with the youthful side that won at Warrington.
“That gives me something to think about,” Powell said. “The boys did an outstanding job last week and defensively we are looking for some real consistency.
“Our last two performances have been good and we want to carry that performance on from a defensive aspect.”