Wakefield second-rower Ali Lauitiiti has told Wildcats TV in an off-season interview his first season at the club has been a successful one after moving from Leeds Rhinos where he had previously won five Grand Finals.
The giant New Zealander didn’t take long to settle into life at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in 2012 and instantly made himself a fans favourite with his strong runs and sublime ball handling skills. Lauitiiti scored a try on his debut in the opening day victory over Widnes as he went on to make 23 appearances in Super League and scoring eight tries, his best scoring tally since 2008.
You can watch the full interview HERE but in a taster as to what the number 11 discusses he reviews the season as a whole.
“The season has had its downfalls but as a team from where we have come from I would say we have done well. From where we started at the beginning of the year and the achievement to get into the top eight (so) as a whole, not only the players and the coaching staff, (the club) have done really good and I think we have come a long way.
“I think we’ve done really well we have made some massive steps which is a good thing. Jimmy (Elston) and Andrew (Glover) have done really well so as a team and as a coaching staff we have done well with the things we’ve had to deal with throughout the year and we have came a long way and there are so many positive things looking to the future and I’m looking forward to next year,” said Lauitiiti.
Meanwhile the former Kiwi international has paid tribute to the coaching staff at Trinity and gave his thoughts on returning to pre-season training in under a months time.
“It is good for you and it’s a big part of our game and a good pre-season is where the foundations are laid for the year so we are looking forward to it and it will be a good one.
“Richard (Agar), James Webster and Morro (Glenn Morrison) have been really great. I have worked with a couple of other coaches and they are way up there so they know the game and they are smart with good ideas. They also keep the boys on their toes.”
Lauitiiti also talks about how much he enjoyed the second half of the season while discussing how much of a team effort it was to end up eighth in the table. The back-rower discusses the importance of Tim Smith to the side while explaining he is not a fan of the cold weather, despite being used to the dip in temperatures. The big man explains that and much more in the full interview HERE.
Time is running out if you are to join Lauitiiti and the team at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium for all 13 home Super League games in 2013 with the October 31st early bird deadline fast approaching for your half price Gold Memberships.
Adults Memberships are just £125, 16-21 year olds £50 while concessions are just £85 if you buy before October 31st and you can purchase yours today by clicking online HERE, visiting either of the clubs retail outlets at the Ridings Centre Store or Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office or alternatively calling 01924 201548 / 211611.
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