Australian centre Dean Collis is looking forward to the Wildcats opening match away to Bradford but knows the team must be prepared in order to take the points.
After an impressive pre season, Bradford will be full of confidence coming into the encounter having done the double over Wakefield last season. The Bulls were triumphant 36-18 at the Rapid Solicitors in late February and won the reversal 34-26 at the provident Stadium in June.
The Bulls were handed a six point penalty for entering administration last season which allowed the Wildcats to take their place in the playoffs. Collis knows the potential dangers Bradford can cause and is expecting a very challenging opening fixture.
“It’s going to be a tough match. They have had a few good trial games and had a good draw against Leeds the other week so they’re going to be tough, especially at their home ground. With these conditions and the weather at the moment it’s going to be difficult to play our normal game but all we can do is go there with a good attitude and hope we can get the result.
“We have been training hard since November for this, it has been a pretty good pre-season and we have got a lot out of it so hopefully we can build on where we left off last year.
After a club record seven consecutive wins, Trinity stormed into the playoffs at the end of last season producing some exhilarating performances.
Fantastic wins over Castleford, St Helens and Hull KR helped Richard Agar’s men take the final playoff place at the expense of the Bulls.
The Wildcats squad will be looking to bring that form into this campaign but Collis knows that it’s going to be difficult, especially with the adverse weather conditions at the start of the year.
“It’s going to be hard to bring last year’s form into this, it’s going to take us a while to gel especially with the conditions at the start of the year. It’s not really going to suit us like it did towards the end of last year but we can take a lot of confidence out of that knowing the sort of football that we can play. It can only do us good knowing we won them seven games in a row and we will see how we go this time round.”
“We definitely want to aim to start better than we did last year; I think we only won two from ten matches. Obviously if we get a few more wins towards the start it will make it easier at the back end of the year and we will finfish higher up. If we get a good start to the year and can maintain that throughout it should hold us in good stead.”
Tickets for the first game away to Bradford are on sale now and are available at £20 for adults, £15 for students/over 60’s and £10 for juniors of 15 and under. Travel is priced at just £5.50 for members and £6.50 for non-members, and will go off sale at midday on Thursday.
Tickets will remain on sale until midday on Saturday, with fans reminded that any tickets bought directly from the Wildcats will benefit the club financially.
Tickets and travel are available from either of the Wildcats retail stores or the Stadium Box Office (please note the Box Office is not open on weekends). Alternatively you can call 01924 201548/211611.
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