posted on 11 June 2013

Wildcats vice-captain Richard Mathers says he is proud on reaching 250 career games after he scored in the superb 46-10 victory over Salford.

Richard Mathers scored on his 250th career appearance.

The full-back produced a brilliant performance on his 42nd appearance in a Wakefield shirt at the Salford City Stadium as he helped his side to a first win in five attempts.

Trinity have now moved above Widnes into 10th position and are four points off the play-off positions with a game in hand as they aim for a late surge towards the top eight.

You can hear a full interview with Mathers HERE as he looks back at the crucial victory against Brian Noble’s men.

“It was something we’ve been working towards for quite a while now.

“After our blip a few weeks ago we had a spirited performance against Wigan last week and we were really disappointed that we didn’t come away with the points because we played really well so we wanted to replicate that.

“We wanted to be ruthless and turn up with the same intensity that we showed against Wigan and we certainly did that.

“The first-half was as good as we’ve played in a long time on the back of great defence. I thought our forwards were fantastic and really put pressure on their forwards which restricted their territory and we managed to get a lot of ball in their half and we’ve got great attacking players across the board.”

The victory marked the number ones 250th career game which all started in 2002. He has played for seven different clubs including Gold Coast Titans in the NRL and the England national side in 2005.

The 29-year-old came through the Leeds Rhinos academy and he was honoured his teammates used his milestone as motivation for the victory.

“It’s gone really quick and I’ve had two massive knee reconstructions in there as well and one of the boys pointed it out beforehand and I’ve seen it on Twitter and I can’t believe where it’s all gone. I’ve enjoyed every single game and I feel as young as I ever have done.

“To get 250 games I am pretty proud of it and it’s the test of time. The boys spoke about it before we went out which I was really humbled by to mark it as a special day for me and the boys went out and produced.

“The enjoyment factor, especially here in the last 18-months has given me a new lease of life because they really look after us, even when we’re not playing so well because we’ve got a great bunch of lads and we’re certainly going places.”

Mathers is well aware the Wildcats cannot rest on their laurels though as an equally important game at home to London follows on Sunday 23rd June.

“It’s a massive game and we’ve now got three or four days off with us back in on Friday for a big day of testing so it’s certainly not feet up and holiday time.

“We realise the importance of these next games and I know they’re all important but we’ve left ourselves in a position where similar to last year we have to make a move now.

“Summer nights and warm weather seems to suit us well and we’ve had a disruptive injury period, hopefully we’re over that and we can get a settled side and it’s a massive game against London.

“Hopefully we get a big packed crowd because we need them all behind us so we can build our season from there.”

Make sure you are at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium a week on Sunday as the Wildcats entertain London in a day that is set to celebrate Trinity’s 140th year with a fun day getting under way at 11am.

As a thank you the Wildcats have laid on a remarkable offer that see’s adults gain entry for just £5 while children are FREE with the game kicking-off at 3.30pm.

You will need to buy your tickets in advance though as matchday prices are £10 adults and £5 juniors which is still fantastic value!

Visit the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office or Ridings Centre stores or alternatively call 01924 211611.

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