Korkidas and Murphy to miss Wakefield Wildcats’ clash with Harlequins

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats will be without Michael Korkidas and Aaron Murphy for their Super League round nine game at home to Harlequins on Sunday.

Korkidas has sustained a medial knee ligament injury but head coach John Kear believes that the prop has an “outside chance” of recovering in time for the round 10 clash at St Helens on April 15.

The same applies to Murphy who will be rested this weekend having picked up a slight quad tear in last week’s defeat Huddersfield Giants.

Paul King and Kevin Henderson are also still out with foot injuries but the Wakefield boss hopes to see both return to the fold before the trip to Saints.

However, there has been some good news for Kear and Matt Blaymire is set to return to action after shaking off his hand injury.

The Wakefield boss goes into the clash with ’Quins is looking for more consistent performances from his players over 80 minutes, saying: “We have adopted certain strategies in training to try and maintain intensity.

“It’s all about focus, intensity and application. We have good first halves over the last two weeks and I think there has been some relief that they have played well in the first half.

“There has then been a visible drop in the shoulders and by the time they have got the game heads back on they have found that quality teams have racked up points.

“We have got to play well in the first half and make sure we start the second half even better.”

Kear acknowledges that eighth-placed Harlequins will be tough opponents this weekend, saying: “They have been really good. Some people thought they would be lucky to pick up three or four wins this season and they have already done that.

“They have claimed the scalps of Leeds and St Helens and were very close at Bradford so it will be a heck of a challenge.

“I think the fans have been great and very supportive. What we need now is to be on the right side of the scoreboard.”

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