Scrum-half Tim Smith has urged his Wildcats teammates to ensure they have the right attitude to put in an eighty minute performance.
Trinity travel to Langtree Park for the first time tonight to face an in-form St. Helens side (kick-off: 8pm) in the knowledge that they have shown themselves to be capable of going toe-to-toe with top six sides this year.
A win over Catalan Dragons plus pushing Warrington Wolves to the wire are the two performances of note whilst there have been plenty of encouraging signs in other games in 2012.
But the message reverberating around the Rapid Solicitors Stadium for a number of weeks has been about striving for a solid performance for eighty minutes and Smith believes that begins with the attitude when taking to the pitch.
“At times we’ve been very good,” said the scrum-half.
“Against Warrington we probably should have won and obviously against Catalan.
“We’re there abouts but we just can’t put the full eighty in.
“In the Challenge Cup we were up against Leeds so we’ve got to play for that full eighty minutes.
“But that’s footy. That’s why Leeds are a quality side, they can come back and Saints will be no different.
“If you can play well for forty minutes then you call play well for eighty.
“I think it’s an attitude thing from all us blokes in the team. We’ve been prepared well and we’ve done a fair bit over the week fitness-wise and preparing for the game but when you hit that pitch it’s more an attitude thing I suppose.
“Every time we train we train really well. I think we’ve got to put the whole eighty minutes together instead of bits and bats.”
As a former Wigan Warrior, Smith knows well the Saints record in Super League and they will provide a stern test of the Wildcats who go in search of back-to-back wins.
The Australian hopes the confidence boosting victory over Salford City Reds plus an extended break with the Challenge Cup last weekend can stand Wakefield in good stead tonight.
“They were a Grand Final side last year and they’re always there or there abouts,” said Smith of St. Helens.
“In the last few games they’ve been a little bit up and down but we’ve got to be out there doing our best to give them a good run.
“We’ve trained hard all week so I think we can do it.
“I think because we won against Salford that was a good confidence boost, even though in the second half that wasn’t ideal. Whenever you go into a week off you need to have a win the week before.
“Because we did that it’s probably a good thing but time will tell.
“Hopefully come Friday we’ll give them a good run and get those two points because we need them.”
You can see the full interview with Smith on Wildcats TV by visiting the home page of the Wildcats website or by clicking HERE.
Tickets and travel for tonight’s game are no longer on sale from the club but tickets can be bought on the turnstiles tonight priced at £20 for adults, £14 for students, concessions and anyone aged 16-21, with juniors priced at £5.
Junior swaps will also be available on the gate.
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