Wakefield loanee Paul Sykes is looking to make up for the defeat in the capital by beating London Broncos at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium tomorrow (kick-off: 3.30pm).
Trinity were well beaten in the fixture at The Stoop in March and have more than one reason to get the victory, as a win tomorrow would give Sykes and his team mates their first back-to-back victories of the season.
The Wildcats were comfortably second best across the park in the 36-0 drubbing and that is something the goal-kicker wants to put right at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
“The loss in London has been spoken about a little bit because we got nilled by them and allowed them to do what they want and that cost us dearly,” said Sykes.
“We will be trying to reverse that tomorrow and play on our terms by putting pressure on them.”
Sykes made his name with the London club where he spent six years which resulted in a cap for Great Britain and a move to Bradford Bulls. However, there is only one team he wants to be victorious come Sunday evening and admits after the Castleford Tigers victory the Wildcats need to put together a string of high quality performances.
“It’s about performing week-in, week-out for the full 80 minutes and not just 40 or 60. If you can get a good level of consistency that’s how you get to roll teams over. If you have a few dodgy spells you’re probably going to get rolled over yourselves.
“We have had some tough games but a lot of the time I don’t think we’ve been playing that badly. We’ve just had a couple of lapses and errors that has cost us dearly. We’ve picked our game up a little bit now and we played well against Cas so that means we’ve now got the chance for back-to-back victories this week.”
The versatile back has compared his former club with his current one and says there are few connections left with his previous employers that exist from when he left in 2007.
“There are still a couple of players at London from when I was there and they are not a bad team. They have some good old heads that help the younger lads.
“You could say they are going through a similar phase as to what Wakefield are doing, we have a lot of younger players and brought in so it takes time to gel. We want to put in a big performance against London because we didn’t turn up against them at the Stoop so we now want back-to-back wins.”
With under half of the season to go preparations are taking place for next season but Sykes himself isn’t looking too far beyond the crucial home game tomorrow.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time here, I’m playing regular rugby with the opportunity to play week-in, week-out so it’s been great. I’ve not thought about next season, I am just focusing on playing this year and when that times arrives I’ll cross that bridge when it comes to it.”
Tickets for Sunday’s game are on sale now, with the game also the first of our Summer Saver ticket offer.
See the games against London Broncos, Leeds Rhinos, St. Helens and Widnes Vikings for just £50 adults, £30 concessions and £20 juniors.
Buy yours now in the Ridings Centre Store, Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office or call 01924 201548.
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