posted on 22 February 2013

Full-back Richard Mathers says the squad are fully aware of the challenge that lies ahead as they prepare to face table toppers Huddersfield Giants at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Sunday.

Richard Mathers says he has been impressed with the Huddersfield Giants' physicality at the start of 2013.

Both sides will come into this game in high spirits, with the Wildcats recording back-to-back wins and Huddersfield having won all three of their matches.

Following the Giants great start, Mathers is confident the squad can step up ahead of the Wildcats biggest test of the season so far.

He told Wildcats TV: “It is a good opportunity for us, I think with Huddersfield top of the tree and with them playing as well and as dominant as they are it’s going to be a good test.

“On the back of our victory down in London, it’s a real confidence boost for ourselves. It’s a tough trip when you have got the travel and everything involved but to go down there and put in a performance where you actually nill a team was really pleasing, on the back of the week before as well so it’s a good test this weekend and a good physical test.

“They are a big side and we have got to match them up front. We have trained really well on the back of Sunday’s win so hopefully we can carry that onto this Sunday.”

Wakefield’s 28-0 win at London at the weekend made it nine league wins out of ten as Richard Agar’s men continue on from their great form at the end of 2012.

Huddersfield have toppled both St Helens and Wigan at the start of this season but the 28-year-old says he isn’t surprised by their results, more by the physical dominance of them.

“They always start well, they have started well for the last two or three years. What’s surprised me is the physicality that they have brought this year.

“Thinking back to when I was a young lad, the last time I saw a side as big as Huddersfield was when they had the Bradford sides when I played for Leeds in 2002.

“They had the awesome foursome and they seem to have that across the park, in the forwards but they also have some big outside backs and we have got to match that, so it’s going to be a big test.

“Also they have Danny Brough’s kicking game on the back of that big pack too, you look at the victory’s they have had, they blew St Helens away and they beat Wigan, which are two big scalps.

“Those wins didn’t surprise us, what has surprised us is how physical and dominant they have been over two of the best sides in Super League. “

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