Wakefield v St Helens preview
Rejuvenated Wakefield aim to keep their outside play-off hopes alive when they host St Helens in their Super League clash on Sunday (3.30pm).
Successive wins over Huddersfield, Leeds and Castleford have given the Wildcats the sniff of a play-off spot and a fourth consecutive victory would take them to within a point of eighth-placed Hull KR, their opponents next weekend.
It would be Wakefield's best run since they won five league games in a row under John Kear in 2009 and, with fixtures against Widnes and Salford to come, they have a chance to end Richard Agar's first season on a glorious high.
"I think we are a long shot," Agar said of his side's play-off prospects.
"I think we'd have to win every game and results would have to go our way as well but it's nice at this stage that all of a sudden we are getting talked about that we have a chance.
"I definitely think Sunday's match is potentially the most difficult one we've got left and that's not being disrespectful to anyone else.
"I know Saints lost to Warrington last Monday but they are in good form and they possess so many good individuals. It's going to be a huge challenge for us."
St Helens' hopes of a top-two finish were dashed by Monday's 22-12 defeat at Warrington and they are facing competition from Catalan Dragons and Leeds for third spot but hooker James Roby is convinced they can quickly get back to winning ways.
"We don't become a bad team overnight," he said.
"Over the last couple of months we have played really well and knocked off wins in a row. We know what we are capable of.
"We have to get back to winning ways and put this one down to being off our game. There are four rounds before the play-offs and we want to do as well as we can."
Wakefield are set to give a debut to academy product Danny Cowling in place of fellow centre Dean Collis, who is suspended. Prop Oliver Wilkes returns from a one-match ban to take the place of Matt James, who pulled a calf muscle in training.
St Helens are without England forward Jon Wilkin, who joins Sia Soliola on the injured list. Either Shaun Magennis or Joe Greenwood, who made his Super League debut in the home win over Wakefield in May, will fill the hole while stand-off Lee Gaskell is also recalled to Mike Rush's 19-man squad.