Richard Agar believes his side have shown they have what it takes to mix with the competitions best as they prepare to visit St. Helens on Friday night (8pm).
Trinity’s best performances in 2012 have arguably come against sides who are expected to be competing in the top six this season with a victory over Catalan Dragons and running both Warrington Wolves and Huddersfield Giants close.
Now Wakefield will look to replicate and better those performances when they face Saints, a club back on track after a shaky start to the season, with Agar sure his players will be relishing the chance of testing themselves against one of the competitions very best sides.
“We’ve got to turn up and play well which is a given when you go to play Saints at any time,” said Agar at Thursday morning’s press conference.
“Their home’s changed and we’re hoping that our players are going to get really excited about getting to play at a great, brand new stadium and playing against a team full of terrific players.
“We’ve proven on occasions this year that when we have played those sides that are fancied at the end of the year, even when we’ve gone away from home, we’ve put in some really good shows and given ourselves chances of winning games.
“This has got to be no different. The players know the levels they’ve got to get to and we’re starting to get some genuine competition for places.
“People are coming back to fitness so I’m hoping that we’ve had a good turnaround into the game, we’re on the back of a win and have trained really well over the past week so I’m looking forward to it.”
Saints have been in ominous form, winning seven of their last eight games going into the match with the Wildcats, with Mike Rush’s appointment coinciding with an upturn in fortunes for one of Super League’s most decorated clubs.
Agar admits the one-sided nature of their recent wins has made it tough to take much out of their performances in preparation for this week.
“They had a really difficult run where they didn’t look like they could win a game. Since then they’ve won seven out of their last eight and really put the cleaners through a number of teams.
“The last three weeks it has been quite difficult to get a read on them because they’ve had avalanches of points and they slipped off late in the cup tie against Widnes.
“They’ve been quite difficult to see them in a contest apart from the Wigan game at Easter.
“They’re back playing a similar style to what we’ve been used to from Saints over the last four or five years when the team was really successful.
“They had a bit of a slump but they’ve been rejuvenated.”
You can see Agar’s full pre-match press conference with the latest on injuries to Ali Lauitiiti and Steve Southern by watching Wildcats TV.
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Travel for tomorrow’s game is no longer on sale with tickets only available from the Wildcats until 5.30pm today (Thursday).
Junior swaps are available on the night with pay on the gate prices £20 for adults, £14 for students, concessions and anyone aged 16-21, with juniors priced at £5.
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