Kyle Wood may be from Castleford but there’s only one team he wants to take home the glory in Sunday’s derby decider.
After a Tigers win on Good Friday and a Wildcats success at Magic Weekend, Sunday will see which set of fans takes the bragging rights into 2013 with a bumper crowd expected to create a fantastic derby day atmosphere at the PROBIZ Coliseum.
Following victories over Huddersfield Giants and Leeds Rhinos in their last two outings, Wakefield go into the game as slight favourites, although home advantage will weigh in Castleford’s advantage.
And with Ian Millward’s side going into the game on a tough run of form, Wood is expecting a huge effort from the Tigers to take the spoils.
“I think it’ll be a massive game,” said the hooker.
“We’ve got a bit of good form behind us and they’re going off a bit of bad form so will come out firing. I think they’ll make it into a big game for them and eyeing the win up. I think we’ve got to keep the same form and keep putting the effort in like we have been doing and I think we’ll do well.
“They’re out of the top eight and below us so we’ve really got to aim up this weekend and really keep that same effort and enthusiasm to take into this game.”
Wood spent time on loan at the Tigers earlier in his career but has since settled at the Wildcats and provided a spark in attack from the bench for Richard Agar.
He says he doesn’t have a point to prove when returning to his old stomping ground but is looking forward to some good natured pre-match chats with his Tigers supporting mates.
“A lot of my friends will be thinking in the back of their heads that they hope I do well and it’s good after the game to talk to my mates and if we’ve got a win so I can have a little bit of banter with them.
“That (playing more) is what I’ve come to Wakefield for. Rich told me I’d be getting more game time and with that it makes for more confidence and I’ve progressed throughout this year.
“It’s probably been the most enjoyable season I’ve had.”
See the full interview with Wood on Wildcats TV now by clicking HERE.
Tickets for Sunday’s derby decider will remain on sale from the Wildcats until 4pm on Saturday, with fans advised to buy in advance to avoid disappointment.
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