Wakefield Wildcats full-back Richard Mathers has told Wakefield Express the pressure is off when they travel to Headingley Carnegie tomorrow evening.
The City’s local newspaper have gone Wildcats crazy ahead of the play-off clash against the reigning champions with six pages of news and interviews including Mathers, head coach Richard Agar, Ben Cockayne, Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott’s thoughts and much more.
The Trinity full-back has featured in big occasions in the past including lifting the Super League trophy with Leeds in 2004 and has since reached another final as well as winning two Challenge Cups at Warrington.
In a taste of what the Express has to offer in this week’s edition Mathers explains he has a great insight into what playing in knockout rugby is like.
“Last year was the first year I wasn’t involved in the play-offs. I’ve won a Grand Final and I’ve lost one but it’s not just me who has the experience in the squad though, we have others like Ali Lauitiiti, who played in lots of Grand Finals with Leeds.
“We also have others who haven’t, those who’ll be experiencing the play-offs for the first time in their career and I think we have a good mix.
“Each play-off campaign, each Challenge Cup campaign, brings new experiences and new twists and turns and I’m sure we’ll have that this season,” said the Tigers loanee.
The Rhinos go into the game as favourites despite Agar’s men being victorious sin their last seven games but the Leeds born back says that suits their team
“Nobody gives us a chance on Saturday night and we enjoy having that. The pressure is off us, it’s all on Leeds because they’re the champions and that’s what we like.
“We know it’s going to be tough because they have world-class players in key positions but we’ve had good games against them this season and hopefully we can have another this weekend.”
The vice-captain says much more including what the team aimed for at the beginning of the season and how a meeting in Wales laid the platform for the clubs mindset for the 2012 season.
The Wakefield Express also has a preview to the the Wildcats under 20’s play-off with St. Helens tomorrow and a look back to the 42-34 victory over Salford City Reds.
Buy the City’s weekly paper for 75p for this week’s edition that includes an in-depth preview to the trip to face the World Champions tomorrow night.
Gold Members are reminded that the deadline for their discounted tickets runs out at 5pm this evening and that is when all tickets will be taken off sale from the clubs retail outlets. Adults tickets start from £17 for members and all junior tickets are just £5, regardless of being a member. The remaining tickets will then be sold on the gate for the Western Terrace so don’t miss it and support the boys to what could be a famous victory for the Wildcats.
Travel for the trip to Headingley is sold out.
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