Trinity head coach Richard Agar is looking forward to a first home game in a month as the Wildcats prepare to welcome Warrington Wolves on Sunday afternoon (kick-off: 3.30pm).
The Wildcats beat Salford last time out at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium and are boosted by the return of five time Super League winner Ali Lauitiiti and skipper Steve Southern.
Both players have missed the last four games but have benefited from the extra week off according to Agar.
“We’ve been able to use it for time to prepare people coming back from injury in terms of training miles,” said Agar.
“They are not coming back in cold now because of the solid work they have done in preparation and also we have given elements of our squad a little bit of time off to recharge themselves.
“Everybody welcomes a week off at some stage of the year but one game in a month at this point is not great, not just players and coaches but the fans and also the club in terms of revenue. I feel it could be worked out a little bit.
“We are certainly looking forward to playing at home in front of our home fans and the crowds have been terrific this year so playing at home is something we have really enjoyed doing,” said Agar.
The Wolves went into the weekend sat in third position of the Super League table and have only lost three matches in 2012. Wakefield’s head coach knows the dangers of tomorrow’s opponents.
“There are some really tough games in the competition and this against Warrington is definitely one of them. They probably don’t feel where they are in terms of performance but they still went to Catalan and got a terrific win in the cup last week.
“We can certainly take heart from the performance at Warrington where we ran them close in an exciting encounter and I would like to think some of our guys can draw confidence from that and the way they performed.
“I am certain they will pay their respects to us as a team and I’m sure Smithy (Tony Smith) will have them focussed.”
This weekend see’s round 14 in the league which marks the half way stage, although Trinity have a game in hand away at Leeds Rhinos.
“We are almost at half way now and I think there needs to be a reality check of where we are in terms of a team and a club.
“We threw the side together very late and didn’t spend as much as most of the teams in the league.
“Our early season was positive and although we didn’t win every game the expectations rose. We still have half the season to go and we feel the next six weeks will be really important for us in terms of defining our year.
“The great thing for me is the players have a great spirit amongst them and they are striving for that consistency that will hopefully translate into a few more wins for us.
“It is our first home game in a month too and hopefully we will get another good crowd because the attendances this year have been fantastic.”
You can buy your tickets for tomorrow’s game at the Ridings Centre Store, the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office, online or by calling 01924 201548.
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