posted on 3 May 2013

Wildcats star centre Dean Collis cannot wait to get back on home soil tomorrow (kick-off 5:05pm) to face Catalans and is looking to make it back-to-back Super League victories.

Collis has been in outstanding form in 2013.

The Australian played his part in last week’s 28-26 success over Widnes after he provided a tremendous assist for Paul Aiton within the first 40 seconds after breaking up field and kicking inside for the hooker.

The 27-year-old has been in devastating form in 2013 after scoring six tries while assisting seven which means he has been involved in more Wildcats tries than anybody in the squad.

Collis has played every minute in the league this season compared to his first year in Super League where he was hampered by injuries. He has helped Wakefield up to 10th position and he is eager to get back on the Rapid Solicitors Stadium pitch.

“Catalans are in good form at the moment, being at home is going to help. We enjoy playing here and hopefully we can get the two points this weekend,” said Collis.

The Frenchmen sit in 5th place in the league ladder on 15 points, two of which came against Wakefield back in March in a tight 29-22 victory.

The number three feels the team are in a better position now after getting back to winning ways against Hemel and Widnes.

“Our defence was really good (at Widnes), we conceded three tries off kicks so that was really disappointing but overall we were happy with the way we defended and that’s the main thing we took out of it.

“There was a few games that we were in that we thought we could have won but we let the result slip, so to come away with the two points – and especially there (because) not many teams go to Widnes and get the win.  We’ll take some confidence from that and hopefully build on that.

“We were really disappointed (with defeat in Catalan), we thought we played really well and especially in the first half we were in front by 16 points. It was one of those games we let slip where we should have come away with the two points so hopefully we can play for the full 80 and get the win.”

The talented former Cronulla man was a surprise omission from the Exiles squad to face England next month with Justin Poore providing the only Wildcats representation and he says he was disappointed to miss out.

“I thought I started the year really well and I think the Easter period took it out of me. I was a little bit flat playing three games in a week and I was disappointed with the way I played over that period.

“I feel like I’m gradually getting back to where I was but I am a little bit disappointed I missed out on the Exiles but hopefully I can keep on playing well for the Wildcats.”

You can hear the full interview with Collis on the Wildcats Sound Cloud account HERE where he gives a more in-depth preview for the Catalan game while looking ahead to the Cup game against Hull next Friday.

Make sure you cheer on Collis and the boys on Saturday and adults can save money by pre-purchasing their tickets at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in 2013 as prices go up £2 on matchday. Adults tickets are £20 in advance while juniors and concessions are £12 irrespective of when purchased.

Buy yours today from the Stadium Box Office, Ridings Centre store or alternatively by calling 01924 211611.

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