Wakefield coach Chester gets praise… from local rival Powell!

Wakefield coach Chris Chester has come in for praise from an unlikely source ahead of Sunday’s huge local derby with Castleford: the Tigers boss Daryl Powell!

The two West Yorkshire rivals will do battle for some fairly significant bragging rights on Sunday, in what is the final game of the regular season for both.

Powell’s side will be looking to finish the 23-game Super League season, but know only a win at Belle Vue will achieve that particular goal.

And the Castleford coach paid tribute to Chester, saying he deserves plenty of plaudits for the way he has got Trinity playing this year.

“Wakefield have been great. Since Chris Chester took over they’ve surprised everybody,” Powell told the Pontefract and Castleford Express.

“They play in a free way, they are shifting the ball a fair bit.

“The half-backs have been consistent all year, which has been big for them. With the forward pack the signing of Fifita has given them an extra edge and he’s a big handful.

“They look like they are really enjoying playing. They’ve done well and it will be a real tough game for us.

“There’s bragging rights at stake for finishes higher between us, but they’ve got a semi-final a week away so their season could go to pretty special heights.”