Wakefield Wildcats second rower Ali Lauitiiti cannot wait to get back onto the Rapid Solicitors Stadium pitch this Sunday after recovering from his hamstring tear.
The Kiwi powerhouse sustained the injury against Castleford on Good Friday and is likely to go straight back into the 17 for the clash with high-flying Warrington Wolves.
It is Trinity’s first home game in a month and last year’s Grand Final winner told Wildcats TV he is itching to get back on the field.
“I’m excited to be back and it feels like it’s been a long time out. I am delighted to be back with the boys in training and hopefully get selected against Warrington at the weekend,” said Lauitiiti.
“It has been frustrating because I’ve not been able to help the boys out on the field. It was also a good time to sit back and think about the things we’ve been doing well and the things we can improve on.
“The week off has given me an opportunity to get back to full fitness and although we would all much rather still be in the cup there is positives. It has given us good time out on the training field to work on things.
With the Wildcats knocked out of the Challenge Cup an extra week’s preparation has helped the forward who hopes to build on the last home victory against Salford.
“It always takes a game or two to get back to match fitness but I don’t want to just be there, I want to contribute and play well.
“I would like that to be the case straight away, the boys played well at Warrington earlier in the season and it was a game we were happy with but the result didn’t go our way. It was disappointing in that aspect so hopefully we can put in a similar performance and get the two points this time.”
Lauitiiti and his team mates currently sit in 12th position and despite a mixed start to the season he believes they have learnt their mistakes after their opening 12 fixtures of Super League.
“We are almost at the half way stage and we know as a group we could have done better, it’s a matter of rectifying those problems and hopefully we can change that around in the second part of the season.
“Now it’s just a case of getting a win now because that’s the most important thing without a doubt. To get the victory though you do need to play well and make sure the processes work.”
You can watch Lauitiiti’s full pre-match press conference by selecting the video tab on the Wildcats home page or by clicking HERE.
Sunday’s fixture is the first home game since the victory over Salford at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium a month ago. Tickets start from £15 for Silver Members and can be purchased from the Ridings Centre, Box Office, by phone on 01924 201548 or online HERE.
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