Captain Steve Southern believes there is no better game to get over the disappointing performance against London Broncos than a derby clash against Castleford.
Anticipation has been building for a number of weeks leading into the game, with the Tigers boosted by a victory over Hull KR and the Wildcats smarting from a hammering in the capital at the hands of London Broncos.
Southern will get his first taste of a competitive derby against the Wildcats fiercest rivals on Friday night and he says it is the ideal opportunity to put things right from last time out against the Broncos.
“It was weird, just very weird and uncharacteristic to our team and the start we’ve made,” said Southern of the Wildcats showing in London.
“That’s football and what’s good about it is there’s always a week to put it right and what a week to do it in a derby game.
“Rich spoke during the week about how we were disappointing against Catalan in the friendly and the week after we came back here played Cas and changed it around.
“That’s what we’re going to try and do this week and we know it’s not going to be easy because they’re playing pretty well and Rangi is playing some pretty good football at the moment.
“I think we’ve got a really good task but this is our ground and we want it as place where people come and don’t want to play us.
“Everyone was disappointed about London. We came in on Monday, did our review and when Tuesday came we hit our straps for Cas.
“We know what we need to fix up and that’s what we’re going to do on Friday.”
Despite the two sides contrasting results in their last outings, Southern is firmly of the belief that derby clashes fall into the ‘who turns up on the day’ category and is expecting a fantastic occasion on Friday.
“I love these rivalry games. When I was playing for the Cowboys against the Broncos there was a pretty good rivalry and a little bit of dislike during the week.
“Over here I think it’s even more rivalry with Wakey and Cas. They’re coming to our city so it should be interesting.
“Every year we used to play at SunCorp and there would be 50,000, and the atmosphere was great but I dare say this will be even better on Friday.
“I don’t really read into who is favourites. It’s whoever turns up on the day is going to win. I’ve always thought that it doesn’t matter if you go into a game in first or last, you go in thinking you’re going to win.
“I think they’re guaranteed to be favourites after their win against KR last weekend and the way they’ve been playing but as I say, I don’t buy too much into favourites.
“Everyone knows what it’s like to play in a derby game and what everyone expects. We’ll all be fired up for this one.”
Tickets for the game remain on sale and will be available on the game this evening with turnstiles open from 5.30pm.
If you want to guarantee your place at the game and beat the queues then buy in the Ridings Shopping Centre, the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office or call 01924 201548.
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