Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: Confidence is high for a quickfire double

Wakefield's Jacob Miller
Wakefield's Jacob Miller

WE’VE DONE it once, we can do it again. That’s the feeling in a buoyant Wakefield Trinity Wildcats camp ahead of tomorrow’s rematch with Hull.

Wildcats ended four months of hurt when they hit back from 16-0 down to beat Hull 26-16 at Belle Vue three days ago for their first win in 17 First Utility Super League matches.

Wildcats travel to Hull for a rematch tomorrow and centre Reece Lyne - who will be rested for the fixture - believes a much-changed side is capable of backing up with another success.

“Obviously, confidence is high,” said Lyne. “We are trying to put a bit back into the club and I think that showed. Hopefully, we can show the same on Sunday.

“The win has lifted a weight off our shoulders. I do believe if you are losing week-in, week-out it does become a bit of a habit. You don’t get the bounce of the ball, but we showed a lot of character and came out in the second half and had a real dig.”

Lyne added: “The win on Sunday doesn’t change our league position and one on Sunday won’t, but it’s within the group, what it can do for you.

“It gives you the confidence and belief that you can do it by training hard, which we have certainly done over the past three or four weeks.”

Wildcats have struggled to hold on to the ball all year, but completed 19 out of 20 sets in the second half against Hull, when they scored 20 unanswered points.

“That goes a long way,” Lyne said. “It has been the story of our season really, we’ve given ourselves too much of a hard job – we gave Hull a 16-0 start and that’s what we’ve done most weeks.

“If we can get our starts right and stop giving teams a piggyback we will be a lot better for it.”

Three players made their debut on Wednesday night and a fourth recruit – Anthony Walker – could feature tomorrow.

“They are all great additions,” said Lyne. “They aren’t just here to make the numbers up. We’ve got a lot of the injured boys back as well, so we’ve been able to get some really good practice in.”

Lyne is one of seven members of Wednesday’s team not included in the squad for tomorrow, alongside Kevin Locke, Nick Scruton, Matt Ryan, Ian Kirke, Jon Molloy and the injured Danny Washbrook.

Players set to come into the side are Matty Ashurst, Dan Smith and Ali Lauitiiti after injury, plus Jordan Crowther, Stuart Howarth, Tom Johnstone, Max Jowitt, Chris Riley and Walker.

Hull FC: (from) Abdull, Bowden, Green, Hadley, Houghton, Lineham, Logan, Michaels, Naughton, Paea, Pryce, Rankin, Sa, Shaul, Sneyd, Talanoa, Thompson, Watts, Westerman.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: (from) Annakin, Arundel, Ashurst, Crowther, Godinet, Howarth, Johnstone, Jowitt, Kavanagh, Lauitiiti, McShane, Miller, Owen Riley, Simon, Sio, D Smith, Tansey, Walker.

Referee: Chris Leatherbarrow (St Helens).

Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3pm.