SMITH: WE CAN THRIVE ON KNOCKOUT RUGBY

posted on 10 May 2013

Wakefield Wizard Tim Smith says the Wildcats will be doing everything in their power to reach Wembley in 2013 ahead of tonight’s round five against Hull FC at the KC Stadium (kick-off 8pm).

Tim Smith says the Wildcats can thrive in the knockout format of the Tetley's Challenge Cup.

It’s 50 years since Trinity last lifted the iconic piece of silverware and Smith is aiming to replicate that success this year as the road to the arch continues with a difficult tie against the Airlie Birds.

Hull are in sixth position in the Super League table and have won five out of their last six fixtures in all competitions which included the 34-22 Easter Monday victory over the Wildcats, while Wakefield have won the last three matches themselves.

Wakefield have lifted the Challenge Cup on five occasions and the last time Trinity beat the Black and Whites in the knockout competition was actually in the 1960 final with a 38-5 success.

Smith will be instrumental if his club are to repeat that feat this season and he knows how much the Tetley’s Challenge Cup means to the city of Wakefield.

“We want to go as far in this competition as we can,” declared the scrum-half.

“If you walk down to the Legends Bar the pictures are all over the joint so we are going to go there to win like we do any game. It’s a knockout competition and with our side I think we thrive on that so we’re looking forward to it.

“We’ve proven in the league games we can trouble most sides and I don’t think that’ll be any different, if we play to our best we will give Hull a really good game.”

The Wildcats certainly troubled Catalan and ran out 30-12 winners at the weekend but Smith admits they need to improve if they are to book a place in the quarter-finals of the cup.

“Last time we played them we were in there for the first half but Richard Horne played really well that day and kicked us out of the game.

“Now they have Daniel Holdsworth and Gareth Ellis back so it’s going to add to their side but we’re probably in a bit better place now after a few good performances by the boys. It’s put a bit of confidence back in us and we’re really looking forward to it and we know it’s going to be a tough game but it should be good.

“Our performances over the last three weeks have been good and they are going to have to step up again this week but we know that. We are fully focused at the job at hand.

“We are only halfway through the year and I don’t like looking back, but we are better off than last year, being together for a year helps and there’s not too many changes in our team.

“We’re in good shape but in saying that we have to go out there and perform and we know we are a side that we can’t leave any stone unturned, we have to play our best to win.

“We all know how important it is and we’ll have a chat before we get on the bus to go to Hull and we want to go out there and we want to play at Wembley.  We’ll be doing our best to do that.”

You can listen to the Wizard’s full pre-match press conference HERE where the number seven previews the knockout game in much greater detail.

You can support the Wildcats by buying your ticket on the turnstiles at the KC Stadium for £15 adults, £12 concessions and £10 juniors while junior Gold Members can gain entry for FREE by picking up a ticket from the Wildcats retail stores before 5pm.

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