Wakefield Wildcats second rower Ali Lauitiiti has spoken of his delight after scoring the winning try in the dramatic 30-32 victory over Hull FC.
Trinity were behind for the majority of the game before the Kiwi international powered through to give Richard Agar’s men a deserved two points.
The win gives the Wildcats three wins on the bounce for the first time since 2010 and Lauitiiti says the change of impetus was key to the final outcome.
“It was all about momentum, plays went our way, refereeing calls go our way and things like that turn the game,” said the match winner.
“Players like Kyle Amor and Peter Fox toughed it out and it is great when you can turn the arm wrestle and the things end up going your way.
“We spoke about it at half-time that we didn’t play our best football but we toughed it out. We showed real character in every department and we came on top in the end so all credit must go to the players and coaching staff.”
The victory leaves Wakefield one point off 10th place Salford and the five time Grand Final winner says his try owed to more luck than judgement.
“I was just in the right place at the right time and I should have passed back inside to Paul Aiton and he probably deserved the try more than me. The guys in the middle and to be honest the entire team played really well so it was a real good team effort.”
The character showed by Lauitiiti and his team made the difference in the end as the enthusiasm pushed them over the line and gave Trinity their fourth win in five Super League games.
“We have a real good team spirit but we made it hard for ourselves which is something that we have been talking about for a while.
“There was a part of the season where we were quite patchy and we spoke about it a few weeks ago that we needed this month to be a good one, the boys have certainly done that. I think it goes right through the whole squad because even the players that didn’t play today played a big part.”
Once again the fans packed out the Rapid Solicitors Stadium with almost 9,000 making the effort to get behind their team with the players not letting them down once again. The Wildcats number 11 paid tribute to the Rapid Solicitors faithful.
“The fans have been great, turned up week-in, week-out home and away so for us as players we need to give them something back along with our families and the club so hopefully we are doing that and we can continue to this run of form we are in.”
Lauitiiti has quickly made himself into one of the fans favourites with head coach Agar singling out the forward for special praise. After moving from Headingley in the off-season he is enjoying his new role.
“I am one of the older players so I knew when I came here I needed to step up my game and hopefully I am doing that but all the coaching staff and the boys have been great. We have formed a team spirit and it is made so much easier when everybody is doing their job and that makes I can do my job week-in, week-out.”
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