SMITH KEEN TO KEEP IMPROVING

posted on 9 May 2014

Daniel Smith says the Wildcats are looking forward to testing themselves against 2014 surprise package Widnes Vikings.

Daniel Smith will be out to continue his solid form against Widnes Vikings.

Denis Betts’ side sit fifth in the First Utility Super League standings and have already chalked up some notable wins this campaign, particularly on their home patch.

Trinity are yet to taste defeat to Widnes since they returned to the top flight in 2012 and Smith is expecting a stern test but says the Wildcats are buoyed by a confidence boosting win against Hull FC last weekend.

“It was good to finally get a win,” said Smith.

“The boys dug really deep and it was a good team performance to come from 16-0 down.

“We went in at half-time and we knew we’d made a few mistakes and felt we shouldn’t be 12-0 down.  They scored a quick try in the second half but we knew we were still in the game, we just had to get back in the grind.  We did that and finally got the win.

“They (Widnes) are going well, especially on their ground. It’s different and they’ve got the advantage but we’re looking forward to playing them.”

The 21-year old has been quietly impressive in the Wildcats pack having arrived in the off-season after a year learning his trade in the South Sydney Rabbitohs under 20’s having previously been part of the Leeds Rhinos Academy.

He has missed just one game in 2014 so far and thinks there’s still plenty more to come from.

“I’ve been playing regularly so I’m happy.  It’s good to play with these boys and it’s a good club so I’m really happy.

“I’ve played more than I expected to be honest.  I’m finding my feet and getting some game time under my belt so I’m looking forward to the rest of this year and next year.  I’m still 21 years old and still learning.  I’ve only played ten games so hopefully in two years time I can have 20-30 games under my belt so it’ll be a massive change for me.”

You can listen to more from Smith on the Wildcats Audioboo channel.  There will also be more from him on his time down under in Monday’s editions of League Express and League Weekly.

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