Wakefield to begin rebuilding process against Dragons

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Wakefield know the extent of the damage done to their season by going into administration last week – and they will be relieved that it is not worse.

The Rugby League ruled yesterday that Trinity should be docked four points for breaking the body's rules on insolvency.

The punishment is the same as that handed out to Crusaders for the same infraction this winter, although the League has the power to deduct a maximum of six points.

The Wildcats, now under the new ownership of local businessman Andrew Glover, begin the task of getting their points tally into the black at the Catalan Dragons tonight.

They must do so with a depleted side, having lost three players to rival Super League clubs this week. Their coach, John Kear, has promised new recruits to fill the gaps and that process has already begun.

None of Wakefield's new signings so far – Craig Harvey from Warrington and Kyle Amor from Leeds on loan, plus two permanent signings from Huddersfield, Josh Griffin and Greg Johnson – will be involved in Perpignan, however, but Kevin Penny is in line to make his debut. Setaimata Sa is in the Catalans' squad, despite being carried off at the Millennium Stadium, but Clint Greenshields is out.

In today's other Super League match, Martin Aspinwall could make his Castleford debut against Huddersfield, the club he left this winter. The 17-year-old hooker, Daryl Clark, is also in the squad for a possible first senior game, taking the place of Nick Fozzard.

The Giants' squad is unchanged from the one which beat Warrington at Cardiff. Both sides had impressive victories there last weekend and a second win in a row would give either of them a morale boosting start to the season.

Jordan Tansey, the utility back sacked by Hull last week after a series of disciplinary breaches, has joined the Championship club, Dewsbury. He could make his debut in the Northern Rail Cup match against Doncaster tomorrow.

St George-Illawarra warmed up for next Sunday's World Club Challenge at Wigan by beating the Canterbury Bulldogs 28-14 in Woolongong. They could have lost the utility player, Nick Emmett, from their squad to travel to England after he went off with an arm injury.