Prop Justin Poore will take part in his first Wakefield vs. Castleford derby this Good Friday and says the other players have told him just what it means.
The Australian is expected to go straight into Richard Agar’s starting line-up for the clash at the Wish Communications Stadium and as a man who has experienced the intensity of a State of Origin series, he is more than prepared for what Friday will bring in a game that has been billed as ‘The Derby that means most’.
Last season, a new-look Wildcats squad won two out of three meetings with their nearest rivals, and Poore says his teammates have been telling him just what this game means in this part of the world.
“The boys have been filling me in that it’s a pretty intense game,” Poore told the pre-match media conference.
“I’ve had a couple of weekends off because I didn’t play against St. Helens so I feel fresh, fit and it’s going to be a very physical game so I’m looking forward to it
“Wakefield and Castleford are quite close together and they told me there’s a fair bit of rivalry there so there should be some fireworks and it’ll be good.”
Poore was all set to return to action after a week off against Leeds Rhinos last weekend, but the elements put pay to the game not once, but twice to mean the former New South Wales man has had to wait until this weekend to get back out on the field.
He admits that whilst the enforced break has been beneficial to some of the players returning from slightly longer absences such as Danny Kirmond and Andy Raleigh, Poore would much rather have got back into the action last weekend.
“I think a few of the boys have been able to get a full week of training in but me personally, I like to keep going. It’s been and done now so you just have to get through it. I feel fresh and I think a few of the other boys are feeling fresh.
“We’ve got Kirmo back this week and Raleigh as well so we’ve got a pretty much full strength side. It’s been good in one way but on the other hand I do like to keep going.”
With a big crowd expected at the home of the Tigers made up of a large travelling support, Poore says he is fully aware of the importance of the clash.
“The boys have been telling me that this is a must-win game for us and because it’s a local derby it means more but when it comes down to it we’re just trying to take steps every week.
“We’ve got a good enough side to compete with the best of them so we just have to be switched on and ready to go.”
Tickets for the game go off sale from the Wildcats at 5pm today at our stores at the Ridings Center, Trinity Walk and the Stadium box office.
Fans are advised that ticket prices increase on the day of the game by £2 so are encouraged to buy in advance and be part of the big travelling support making the short journey for the big game.
You can see the full interview with Poore on Wildcats TV later this afternoon.
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