Danny Washbrook has called on the Wildcats to go out all guns blazing when they visit Headingley Carnegie in the Challenge Cup tonight (kick-off: 8pm).
Wakefield go into the game very much the underdogs against the 2010 and 2011 finalists who are boosted by the return of the likes of Danny McGuire and are on home turf.
With no second chances for the losing side, Washbrook says the Wildcats will be going all out to cause an upset.
“We’ll be going all out to win because you don’t get any second chances,” said Washbrook.
“It’s a tough start but to win the cup you’ve got to play the best teams at some point. We’ve got to go out all guns blazing as much as we can.
“It’s knockout football and you either win or you’re out and we have to have that mentality.
“It’s not like the league where sometimes you focus on your performance and the win will take care of itself, this week we’re looking to perform but obviously it’s win at all costs as well.”
Washbrook isn’t paying too much attention to the Rhinos recent form of one win in the last four which mirrors that of the Wildcats.
With quality all over the park, the man who played in the 2008 final for Hull FC knows it will be a big task to overcome.
“They’re a good team and the teams that have beaten them have been playing well themselves.
“Saints came in on the back of a coach being sacked were always going to put in a performance and with everything going on at Bradford they were always going to pull out a performance as well.
“Looking at the video they’ve got strike all over the park, and we’ve just got to do our jobs.”
Washbrook captained the side in the absence of Steve Southern and Danny Kirmond against Wigan Warriors on Easter Monday, and the stand-in skipper thinks there was plenty of encouragement to be taken from the showing.
“I think the application that Richard asked for when we got together on the Saturday and Sunday was 100%.
“We lost the battle of the middle against Cas and we put on a lot better performance in the middle. They had fifteen more sets than us and that’s obviously a lot more defending to do and we tired towards the end of the game which played into their hands.
“Rich asked me to be captain and it was a real honour. The boys really ripped in and we enjoyed the contest even though it wasn’t the result we wanted but we applied ourselves much better in defence.
“If Rich wants me to do it again then I’ll do it. I’m just here to do my job for the team.”
Tickets for tonight’s game are available on the turnstiles starting at £20 for adults, £13 for concessions and £5 for juniors.
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