Wildcats hooker Matty Wildie made his first Super League appearance since round one yesterday and completed the full 80 minutes as he impressed throughout.
The Wakefield academy product was thrown in at the deep end after only featuring in four games for the Wildcats and Doncaster in 2013 but didn’t look out of place against the league leaders Wigan.
The Warriors eventually ran out 36-23 winners but that score line didn’t tell the full story as Richard Agar’s men led for over half the game with a brace of scores from skipper Danny Kirmond added to tries from Dean Collis and Kyle Wood.
The performance certainly put a smile back on the faces of the Wildcats supporters and Wildie explained the difference from the previous week against Castleford.
“Rich focused on a couple of areas this week which were attitude and desire and energy to bring to the team and I think the boys out there did that, especially in the first half. We held our own and gave Wigan a really good game but the second half they had a few more sets than us and I think that showed towards the end.”
With Wildie in the starting 13 Danny Washbrook started off the bench with the aim to give the 22-year-old a break but as he explained circumstances changed throughout the game.
“The plan was to play Washy there a bit but with a few injuries with Lee Smith and Kirmo having to go off I had to stay out there for the full 80 which I was happy to do but it took its toll towards the end.
“I’ve only played five games this year and I’ve had to bide my time and wait for my chance but hopefully I’ve took that today. I was full of energy wanting to get out there and do my best and I look forward to next week to see what happens.
“I’m pretty happy with the way I went, especially with me not having much game time over the year but I’m happy with how it went and hopefully I look forward to next week.”
Trinity travel to face Salford a week today in round 18 in a crucial game if they are to have a chance of making the play-offs in 2013 and Wildie is hoping to make it consecutive appearances but would understand if he missed out on selection.
“I’ll see what Rich’s plans are, there is obviously Paul Aiton to come back who is a massive player for us and I’m just hoping to get a few more games under my belt before the end of the season.
“I think if we play like we did against Wigan with the desire and the attitude then I think the result will take care of itself. It’s a long turnaround with us playing on Monday so we’ll be back in working hard and focusing on next week.”
You can listen to Wildie’s interview in full on the Wildcats Sound Cloud account HERE.
Make sure you witness the Wildcats first ever trip to the Salford City Stadium and make sure you are there to witness it by purchasing your tickets for the vital clash.
Tickets are priced at £20 adults, £15 concessions and just £10 for juniors and they can be bought from the Stadium Box Office, Ridings Centre store or by calling 01924 211611.
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