Wildcats back-rower Ali Lauitiiti is eager for Wakefield to up their game against Catalan next week after celebrating his 250th appearance in the British game in the victory over Widnes.
Trinity host Catalan on Saturday at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium (kick-off 5.05pm) looking to make it three victories on the bounce for the first time this season.
Richard Agar’s men backed up the 66-6 Cup win over Hemel on Friday night with a 28-26 success over the Vikings to move them closer to the play-offs.
The Wildcats haven’t beaten a team in the top eight so far this season despite running close against Warrington, Huddersfield and the Dragons in France. Spirited performances against St. Helens and Wigan also ended in defeat and Lauitiiti says they need to start beating some of the top teams.
“If we want to compete in the top eight we need to take some of those top four and top eight teams out so it’s all part of it.
“We will go back to the drawing board and work on stuff that we need to work on, hopefully improve and play well next week.
“It is a target to beat a top team this season and it has been frustrating for the players and coaching staff. We are trying to implement all the things we are doing in training but it hasn’t quite come off.
“It’s about putting in a few good performances and becoming consistent and I think we can do that in the next few weeks and build from there.”
Lauitiiti played a big part in the team performance at the Stobart Stadium which was his 34th appearance in the red, white and blue. The Kiwi has also played 200 games for Leeds Rhinos and 16 international games for New Zealand / Samoa since moving to West Yorkshire in 2004.
That meant Friday saw his 250th career game since switching to Super League and he was pleased to reach such an impressive milestone.
“I am fortunate to play that amount of games so all credit to the teams that I’ve played for and the boys to give me the opportunity and I praise god for all opportunities for all opportunities and the games I’ve had.
“Hopefully there are a few more games in me, we will see but I just want to keep improving and playing good for the team.”
The two point victory over Widnes has seen the Wildcats leapfrog them in the table and with 15 games to go in a good position to mount a charge for the play-offs.
The second-rower admits he was impressed with their team performance.
“It was a tough game, Widnes came and gave it to us. I think it was anyones game and the boys dug in and everyone played their part, even though one of the boys didn’t get on but he still played his part and it was a real team effort.
“It was about keeping our composure and sticking to what we’ve been doing in training with our attacking and our defence really paid off. I think our halves and the guys in the middle and also Kirmo on the right side played really well, it was tough out there but that’s what we needed.
“Everyone is on board and we spoke about it in terms of doing those 1%’s and working hard for each other and it paid off.
“Kirmo did a great job out there in the back-row because Gareth Hock is a great player and it was and he always creates opportunities but Kirmo out there defended brilliant.”
Make sure you are at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium next Saturday to see Wakefield host the Dragons at the new kick-off time of 5.05pm.
Adults tickets are cheaper if they are bought before matchday and are £12 in advance of Saturday. Concessions and juniors are just £12 while under 5s are free and you can buy yours from any of the Wildcats retail outlets.
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