posted on 18 May 2013

Ali Lauitiiti says the Wildcats head to MS3 Craven Park confident but wary of the threat of the Robins on home turf.

Ali Lauitiiti says the Wildcats are confident but fully aware of the threat of Hull KR.

In what both clubs will see as an important game to get the two points in the pursuit of the top eight places, both Wakefield and Hull KR are set for a fierce battle for the two points come 3pm on Sunday afternoon.

Whilst the Robins have been hit with injuries and suspension in recent weeks and were on the wrong end of a drubbing from Wigan Warriors, they have claimed the notable scalps of both St. Helens and Warrington Wolves in front of their own supporters.

The Wildcats go into the game following successive Super League victories and Lauitiiti feels last week’s defeat in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup to Hull FC, whilst disappointing, hasn’t dented the confidence of the squad.

“It is a big game and the boys have been training well,” said Lauitiiti.

“It’s going to be a tough game for us because Hull KR have played well at home.  It’s a big game for both clubs so we’re looking forward to it.

“The goal is to go there and play well to get the two points.  But having said that, it’s going to be tough.  They’ve turned over some teams in the last month or so and it’s another challenge but we’re looking forward  to that challenge.

“The effort was there last week but we just couldn’t execute things and a few defensive errors let us down, myself was one of them.  The boys know we can do better and improve, so we’re going in confident.  Not in a cocky way but confident in our own ability and in the things we can do as a team.”

It could be a crucial month for the Wildcats with the trip to Hull KR part of a run of four games where they face Castleford Tigers and Salford City Reds, both who currently sit below Richard Agar’s men in the league table.

Whilst the Wildcats wouldn’t be taking the points for granted, it does provide an opportunity to make ground on the top eight, but Lauitiiti won’t be looking any further ahead than the next game.

“This month is a big month for us and if we can improve and play well then I think everything can fall into place for us as a team.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about improving week-by-week, taking each game as it comes and if we can do that and everyone plays their role in the team then things will fall into place.”

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