Wildcats number 14 Kyle Wood says he is fed up of coming up short in recent games and hopes victory over Hemel can be a springboard for the rest of the season.
Wakefield host the Stags in the 4th round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup tomorrow, Saturday 20th April, kick-off: 6pm.
Wood has been part of a side to only win one of their last eight fixtures despite playing admirably in a number of close encounters. The sole victory was a 37-16 performance against Castleford on Good Friday which was in the middle of a tough run of Super League games.
It will be a much different challenge at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium tomorrow evening though as Championship One outfit Hemel travel up the M1 and Wood admits he isn’t an expert on Troy Perkins men.
“I don’t know much about this team but I’ve seen a few results and they beat Gateshead at the weekend,” admitted the pivot.
“It will be interesting and we have to turn up with the right attitude and put in a good team performance, we’ve got a couple of young blokes coming up from the 19s and it will be good to play with them and see how they go.
“We need to rip in and we’ve already spoken that we want to keep them to a low score, hopefully keep them to nil if we can.”
Wood is set to start for only the second time this season after making the majority of his appearances off the bench in his time at the Wildcats. The 23-year-old has only missed two games since he re-joined the club at the end of the 2011 season but he says he needs to spend more time out on the pitch.
“I need that game time, I’ve only missed two games this year but it’s the game time I need so hopefully a bit of game time and extra fitness. I’m playing in the halves so there’s a bit more on my shoulders so I need to take the team around the park which will be good for me and improve me this week.
“I’m playing at seven and I’m trying to do what Timmy does on the field, try and organise and put the plays on like Timmy does so it will be good to do it this week yeah.
“I look up to Timmy, he’s a real good organiser and talker. He’s always two or three steps ahead which is what I’m trying to learn off him.”
If Trinity progress, the draw for the next round of the cup is on Monday at 3.30pm and Wood explains the competition can be won by anybody but the Wildcats form will need to improve.
“Anyone can win the Challenge Cup and we’ve got a team of players that can beat any team on our day.
“So far I think I started off steady but slowly now game on game I am getting better. I think it’s our defence where we need to improve, we’ve been a bit loose around the ruck but we are improving. Obviously we need to keep teams to a lower score and our attack is looking real good.
“We are still upbeat and confident. Only winning one in eight we’ve got to look at ourselves and look what we need to improve. We’ve done that this week so hopefully now we can use this week as a spring board, score a few points and try and take the confidence into the rest of the season.
“The games coming up are the ones we want to be winning, we are fed up of coming up just short like we have with the top six teams like we have in last couple of games, we’re fed up of coming close but not winning.
“We need to start seeing games out and playing for 80 minutes.”
You can listen to Wood’s full interview on the Wildcats Sound Cloud account HERE where he previews the game in much more detail and gives his thoughts on the two youngsters to make their debut from the academy.
Tickets are just £10 adults and £5 concessions / juniors as Richard Agar and his team start their road to Wembley.
Prices do not increase on matchday but you can pre-purchase your tickets from the usual Wildcats retail outlets at the Stadium Box Office, Ridings Centre or Trinity Walk.
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