WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats head coach John Kear insists Sunday’s clash with Hull KR will prove much tougher than Rovers’ Super League position suggests.
The Robins have picked up four wins this season - the same number as Wakefield - and sit 11th in the table, but Kear believes the return of “talisman” Michael Dobson will see an upturn in form for the Craven Park club.
Wildcats will need to keep the Australian scrum-half quiet at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium this weekend as Kear’s men aim to bounce back from the 26-0 loss to Wigan Warriors on Easter Monday.
“They play a lot better as a team when Michael Dobson plays for them,” said Kear.
“He’s a real talisman for them and a lot of their play goes through him so he’ll be a real threat to us.
“Blake Green has also impressed me this season, they have some very good players and it’s going to be a tough game for us.”
He added: “I expected Hull KR to be a top-six team this season and I’m sure they’ll be further up the table come the end of the season.”
Wildcats have matched the Robins’ record so far this term with four victories and eight defeats from their opening 12 Super League matches.
But just one victory has come on home soil for Wakefield, something Kear will hope to improve when Justin Morgan’s men visit Belle Vue.
The Wildcats coach admitted his squad picked up “some bumps and bruises” from the Easter double-header.
And he could make a number of changes to his squad. The quartet of Liam Higgins, Frankie Mariano, Josh Griffin and Julien Rinaldi all missed Monday’s defeat to Wigan after playing in the Good Friday success against Castleford and are expected to return this weekend.
But Wakefield fans will have to wait a little longer to see new recruit Gareth Moore make his debut in the red, white and blue.
“His position is so pivotal to the team that we couldn’t just throw him in there without much preparation,” said Kear.
“We need to give him a little while longer before we put him out on the pitch but he’ll probably play on Saturday (in the reserve game) rather than Sunday.”
Kear is also keeping tight-lipped over another potential new signing.
Express Sport revealed last week that the club was in advanced talks with an “exciting” player over a move to Belle Vue.
Former Wildcats wing wizard Semi Tadulala, currently at rugby union club Leeds Carnegie, has been linked with a return as soon as their Aviva Premiership campaign finishes on Saturday, May 7.
Wakefield have also been linked with am ambitious move for out-of-favour St Helens winger Kyle Eastmond until the end of the season before he switches to rugby union.
In reply to the rumours, Kear said: “Things are as they were last week.”
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