Wildcats utility man Lee Smith says back-to-back victories over the Easter weekend “would be massive” ahead of tomorrow’s home clash against Hull FC, kick-off 3.30pm.
The former Super League champion came off the bench in the 37-16 victory over Castleford and has been speaking to Wildcats TV in the middle of the festive double header.
Smith scored eight points after replacing Paul Sykes which included a terrific conversion before scoring a try himself. That resulted in the full time whistle being blown after floodlight issues at the Wish Communications Stadium.
The Wildcats face the Airlie Birds in their first home game in over three weeks and will no doubt bring back memories of the tremendous 32-30 victory over the Humberside outfit in 2012. Smith says another victory would push the Wakefield in the right direction.
“It would be massive, this is a great two points for us and if we can get the other two on Monday it would put us in real good stead. You know what it’s like when you lose a derby, it obviously a massive game for them and they’re going to be at their most dangerous at rock bottom.
“We have to prepare and hopefully bring that first half performance and put a 80 minute performance in on our own patch and take the two points.”
Four players returned against Cas and two of them scoring including Smith’s namesake Tim and skipper Danny Kirmond. Andy Raleigh is in the 19-man squad and could return at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium tomorrow and Smith says the returning players have already made a difference this weekend.
“I thought they were brilliant, Timmy directed us around the field and I thought our middle, especially in that first half really fronted up and put a great performance up.
“It’s probably the best we played all season which is good, I wasn’t at London and we played well there but for me it was a great performance, especially in a derby coming to Cas.
“Cas is always a real hard place to come to, the supporters are on top of you and they raise their game, we are really pleased with their first half.
“It was nice to get on the score sheet, the fellers in the first half did a great job and we played really, really well. First 10 minutes after half time we were a little bit soft on our D but we got to take a lot of positives from that and we’re all fighting fit which is good, we are really to go Monday and we’re looking forward to that.”
Smith was talking to Wildcats TV in an interview you can see in full HERE where he also discusses the interesting finish at Castleford and how we caught a finger in his eye celebrating his try.
The Ridings Centre and Trinity Walk stores are both closed today but tickets will be available on the turnstiles as always for the hugely anticipated home game against Hull FC.
Tickets will be £22 for adults, £12 for concessions and juniors while under 5’s are admitted free of charge. Make sure you back the boys this Easter Monday!
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