Ben Cockayne has no fear of travelling to Headingley tonight and says there is no reason the Wildcats can not cause an upset and be victorious at the home of the Super League champions.
The form book couldn’t read any different for the two sides as Wakefield have won four out of their last five with the hosts losing four out of five ahead of tonight’s crunch encounter.
The winger says the Rapid Solicitors Stadium has been a great place to be over the last few weeks leading up to the West Yorkshire derby tonight at Headingley Carnegie (kick-off: 8pm).
“We are going into it with confidence, we have three wins on the bounce and everybody is buzzing with a smile on their face and things are looking up for us so we are looking forward to it,” said Cockayne.
“A perfect way of putting it is I’d say the lads have an extra spring in our step, everybody is really chirpy and feeling great. We have had a great week leading up towards tonight.
“The team spirit has never been in doubt for a bunch of blokes that have been almost just thrown together. It’s quite amazing how we get on so well with each other after so many new players arrived in the off season.”
After a disappointing period around Easter performances have improved and the former Hull KR man says the hard work put in at the start of the year is now paying off.
“Things are looking great. Rich (Agar) and Webbo (James Webster) have stuck to their guns all year long and we have not really changed anything other than working a little bit harder on a few things that we have been trying to put into place. That is starting to show its rewards just now.”
Cockayne and the Wildcats travel to a Leeds side sitting in ninth position of Super League, an unusual position for the club that have constantly challenging for the top spots in the competition.
Whatever form the Rhinos are in, Cockayne stresses that the Wildcats are prepared for the very best they can throw at them
“They got off to a great start winning the World Club Challenge but from then they have been hit and miss, they’ve not been able to put too many things together,” he said.
“They have had a dip in form of late which could be a good thing for us and then again it could be a bad thing but we will just expect a champion side to turn up on Monday and we will have to be at our best.
“I think we have to do what we have been doing in recent weeks to get the win. We have been playing pretty much error free rugby with good discipline so we have to complete our sets and if we do that then I think we can compete with most teams in this league.”
Tickets are no longer on sale from the Wildcats but can be purchased on the night with a strong away following set to be in attendance at Headingley.
Ground standing tickets are priced at £20 adults, £13 concessions and £12 juniors. Junior swaps ticket are available to Gold Members at the Headingley ticket office when presenting your voucher.
Supporters are reminded that the game is not being shown on Sky Sports.
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