Skipper Steve Southern was delighted to get the win over rivals Castleford Tigers in a nail biting finish at the Etihad Stadium.
Southern was a first half try scorer as the Wildcats led 24-20 at the break and in a tense second half the Wildcats scored the clinching score thanks to a moment of brilliance from Tim Smith.
It was Southern’s second game back from a calf injury and he was pleased to get a crucial two points and said the second half performance was much more what the Wildcats expect from themselves.
“We knew that after last week we had to be better after half-time because they’re a good attacking team,” said Southern.
“It was a good tough win, especially in the weather as well.
“They were getting territory through our mistakes so we knew if we cut them out then we’d go alright. That was the main focus at half-time and we knew it was going to be a battle in that second half.”
Wakefield’s forwards were outmuscled by their Tigers counterparts on Good Friday but had parity in the pack and had the class in the backs to earn the win.
Southern got in for a try off the back of a kick from scrum-half Tim Smith and praised his fellow Australian’s kick.
“I was there at the right time,” said the skipper.
“It was Timmy’s great kick that hit the post and Paul Aiton was screaming at me that if it didn’t hit the post he was right behind me.
“If you score a try, you score a try but I’d rather let the backs score the tries and I’ll do the other stuff.
“It was a good forward battle. In the last game they got over the top of us but this time nobody really got over the top of anyone and we’re just pleased to get the two points.”
Southern was on the replacements bench as the final ten minutes played out and had to endure the torturous finish to the game like the fantastic Wildcats faithful.
“It was edge of the seat stuff and I’d have rather been out there helping the boys but that’s the way it goes,” he said.
“Hopefully I can be out there in the last ten minutes next week and help us to a win.
“It’s at home and we really want to pride ourselves on what we do at home. Last week we didn’t really do that so hopefully next week we can put in a good performance and get the win.”
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