Wakefield Wildcats centre Dean Collis is hoping the snowy conditions in West Yorkshire do not disrupt preparations for this Sunday’s clash with St. Helens.
The Australian helped his side to a 38-10 victory over local neighbours Featherstone yesterday as utility back Reece Lyne scored two tries. The Wildcats lead 28-0 at half-time after a fantastic opening to the game where Richard Agar’s men showed their Super League class.
A crowd of 3,241 witnessed the display that was bound to excite the red, white and blue faithful which gave Trinity a first victory in 2013.
Collis made his second appearance of the pre-season campaign after the defeat to Leeds and he was pleased with the showing at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
“It was a pretty good workout,” Collis admitted.
“In the second half the enthusiasm and the intensity went out of the game but overall it was a good hit out. Our pace and power seemed to come out on top and we were pretty happy with our execution in the first half. Overall the first half was really good but we still have things to work on.”
The fixture came on the back of a training camp in Portugal where Agar implemented a tough training regime with double sessions to make the most of the warm weather. The number 3 said it was a good effort to play to such a high standard after a difficult week.
“We went into the game with a pretty good mentality, all week we worked real hard because we had a big week in Portugal and I think that work shone through.
“We had a few double days and with the travel it was a big effort in that first half yesterday. That might have affected us in the second half but overall we are very happy and it was good to get a win.
“We are coming together pretty well, the side is similar to last year and we have fallen back in to where we left off. We have a lot of things we can work on and a few areas of improvement but we’re happy where we are at.”
Two of the new signings in action against Featherstone caught the eye in Justin Poore and try scorer Lyne and Collis paid tribute to them both.
“Reece has been very impressive, both in training and in games. He has the speed and good skills and he shone through. His first half performance was really good and he was really good in the game against Leeds too so he’s very exciting considering how young he is.
“It’s always eventful with Justin, I think he’s played 40 minutes in two games so I don’t think he’s earning his money yet. He’s really aggressive and I think it’s just what we need and I really feel he’ll be good for us this year.”
Attention has now been turned to another week of training leading up to the visit to Langtree Park when the Wildcats face Saints on Sunday.
“It’s going to be a big test for us, probably the biggest in our pre-season. We’ll head into it like a comp game and take it serious and fine tune the final things and see how we go. Hopefully we can have good preparation leading into the game and the weather doesn’t affect us too much and see how we go.
“I think we are ahead of where we were last year and we are in pretty good stead. There’s lots of improvement in us but we do have two more friendlies so we can work on those things and build momentum for that first comp game.”
Tickets are now on-sale for Jon Wilkin’s testimonial this Sunday 20th January, kick-off 3pm starting at £20 for adults. Juniors and concessions (Over 60s & 16-18 year-olds) will be charged at £10 and tickets go off-sale this Thursday from the Wildcats retail outlets.
You can purchase tickets from the Stadium Box Office, Ridings Centre & Trinity Walk stores or by calling 01924 211611 / 201548.
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