posted on 10 June 2013

Pivotal Wildcats forward Ali Lauitiiti is set to return against Salford this evening after missing the encouraging performance against Wigan with a heel injury.

Lauitiiti admits he likes being the underdog.

The Samoan back-rower has been a standout player since arriving at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium at the beginning of 2012 and is aiming for a late surge towards the play-offs this campaign.

The Wildcats are looking for their first victory in five outings after a run of three consecutive victories before then as Richard Agar’s men impressed with their attacking style of rugby.

Lauitiiti says there are positives to take after last week’s close game against Wigan.

“The main thing is the boys played well and much better than the last two weeks and I felt the boys put in a good performance and even though we lost it was a positive.

“It is a must win, the last three games were must win games but we didn’t come away with the results. The games against Castleford and Hull KR was a real down fall, I can’t speak for all the boys because some of them turned up but it was more of an attitude thing.

“The game last week they did really well and I felt their attitude, enthusiasm and will to turn up for each other was there and I think that’s what our coaching staff needed from us the two weeks prior.”

Lauitiiti says he’s nearing full fitness and he admits he thrives on the fact Salford believe they have a good chance of beating the Wildcats.

“I think every team see’s us as a team they can beat and I think that’s a good thing for us because we go into a game as underdog and I think that’s good. If they come with that attitude then that’s good for us and hopefully they can drop their guard, we can play well and make the most of that.

“It’s always going to be tough that’s playing in front of their home crowd, even though Salford are struggling they are competing and I think that’s the main thing for them.

“We need to work on ourselves and the things we’ve been doing in training like improving our execution and be smarter in some areas. At the end of the day we just need to turn up with the right attitude and execute our game plan.”

You can listen to Lauitiiti’s full pre-match press conference HERE.

Tickets are available on the turnstiles at the Salford City Stadium priced at £20 adults, £15 concessions and £10 juniors for the 7.45pm kick-off.

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