Chris Riley says he is ‘buzzing’ after scoring a hat-trick of tries in the win over his parent club.
Riley received a warm welcome from the Wolves supporters who cheered his first try only to see the winger add to that with two more in a clinical display of finishing back on familiar territory.
It more than doubled Riley’s season tally during his time on loan at the Wildcats and he admitted that after being apprehensive of playing against the club where he has enjoyed some memorable days, he was thrilled to score a treble.
“I’m absolutely buzzing,” said Riley. “Every winger loves scoring tries and I’m no different. I’ve been pretty blessed to be in a great squad at Warrington and score plenty of tries. I’ve not been on a great ration at Wakefield but to come here and get a hat-trick against my parent club then I don’t think I could have asked for anything more.
“It was a great feeling. I was a bit nervous during the week when I found out I was playing and you get all the thoughts running through your mind about how the crowd is going to take to you, even though I’ve had a great relationship with the crowd since I’ve been at Warrington.
“When I scored my first try they gave me a great round of applause which was a great feeling and a great gesture from them. I was just looking to have a good game and hope the team had a good game, and I think we did that in attack and defence.
“Defence has to be on key against an attacking team like Warrington and they put us under the pump in the game and I thought we handled it pretty well.”
With just one defeat in seven outings, the Wildcats still harbour hopes of an improbably play-off spot, although it would take a similar unbeaten run between now and the end of the campaign for that to become reality.
However, a number of the squad were part of a late run to the top eight in 2012 and this current streak of results has Trinity just two points off the coveted play-off spots.
“It would have been nice to push in the play-offs and get a home tie,” joked Riley. “If we can put out performances like we have done today and have in the last few weeks then I think we’ve a great chance. I’ve spoke to a few lads and they went on a bit of a run in 2011 and sneaked into the play-offs. I’d love to be part of that as well.”