Scrum-half Tim Smith was pleased with the clinical edge the Wildcats showed in earning a first Super League win since round one.
Four first half tries set the men in red, white and blue well on their way to victory and despite some anxious moments after the interval, Wakefield supporters were able to celebrate a first victory at home in 2012.
Smith was instrumental in the victory, building on his good form of recent weeks in guiding the Wildcats around the park, and he was happy with the way the side played, particularly in finishing off their opportunities.
“We played well,” the Australian said after the game.
“The first half was really good but we knew that in the second half they’d come out tough and they did.
“They’re a quality side and we’re happy that we got the two points. We made it a little bit hard for ourselves but I thought we were definitely the better side today.
“It’s one thing that we’ve focussed on. We’re making all these chances but we’re not finishing them sometimes.
“We’re finishing them now and we can still get better so that’s a positive.”
After letting slip a half-time lead against Warrington Wolves last time out, Smith said the Wildcats were eager to right that wrong today but knew Catalans were a side who could strike from anywhere on the pitch.
“We knew they were going to come back. They’re a top four side and title contenders.
“We knew after last week that we wanted to be better than what we did against Warrington and I think we did that.
“There was that patch there where they started coming back and got an intercept and a little kick try.
“I thought our defence was really good and that was from our big men.
“I thought our middle really stood up today and matched it with their middle which was good.”
The Wildcats look ahead to two games against sides who have also struggled to pick up points so far this season starting with London Broncos next Saturday followed by the visit of rivals Castleford Tigers on Good Friday (6th April, kick-off: 7.30pm).
The former Cronulla man is keen to build on the victory over the Dragons and get more points on the Super League ladder and took time to praise the fans who backed the Wildcats in their numbers despite five successive losses.
“London’s going to be tough and I think they’re really starting to hit their straps too,” said Smith.
“They’ve got some quality players down there and we’ll just work hard through the week to get the best preparation for London.
“I don’t know what the crowd was but they definitely made some noise which helped us. It’s good that the new stand is up and it’ll be fully complete for Castleford.
“When we get that good fan base backing us it’s really going to help.”
Tickets for the huge derby clash are on sale now and any supporters purchasing before Tuesday 27th March can upgrade to a Silver Membership for just £10 as opposed to the usual price of £30.
Buy at the retail outlet in the Ridings Shopping Centre, the Rapid Solicitors Stadium box office or call 01924 201549.
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