Wildcats skipper Danny Kirmond says getting out of the blocks quickly was vital in Saturday’s first victory of the season against Hull KR.
Trinity raced into an 18-0 lead thanks to tries from Paul Aiton, Reece Lyne and Peter Fox and eventually ran out 36-20 winners at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
After last weekend’s heavy defeat to Bradford the forwards were heavily criticised for their poor contact in the middle, but Kirmond says the way they took the ball in early on really set the tempo.
He told Wildcats TV: “It was really important that we got a reaction after last week. We’ve all said during the week it just wasn’t good enough for the standards we’ve set ourselves and it was really important that we got a reaction from that.
“The middle men got quite a bit of hammer last week; everybody really stood up and put their bodies on the line today.
“The way Justin Poore and Andy Raleigh started the game for us really set the tone. Justin carried the ball hard the first set and it just went on from there really, they were immense.
“We’re a closely knit bunch and it’s not nice to be on the end of the criticism we got last week. That criticism was probably justified but we’ve come out today and really put those wrongs right.
“We started the game really well and completed at a high percentage. We converted three tries and maybe could have converted a couple more; it really set us on a good stead.”
The former Huddersfield man played a key role in the victory and got a superb try assist early on as he broke through before expertly kicking to the corner for Peter Fox to score.
The second-rower was then harshly sin binned in the second half but Wakefield held firm in that spell and Kirmond returned to help his team to victory.
A crowd of over 9,000 witnessed the first win of the season and the captain says that the fans provided a great atmosphere and were crucial in the win.
“It was good to get the victory in front of our home fans, which I would just like to say have been magnificent and turned out for this first game.
“Especially after last week it would have been easy to stay at home on a Saturday night and watch it on Sky, but they’ve all turned out and created a really good atmosphere.
“It was really good today, it felt like we were back on the good run we had last season. The Hull KR fans always turn out in good numbers but our fans have really matched them today.
“It was a great atmosphere, probably one of the better atmosphere’s I have been involved in at this ground and that’s just a credit to all the fans that have turned out.”
The Wildcats return to action this Sunday as they travel to the capital to face the London Broncos (Kick-off 3pm). Tickets for the game are £20 for adults, £12 concessions while juniors are just £5.
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