Nick Scruton hailed the win over Warrington Wolves as the best result and performance of 2014 so far for the Wildcats.
Scruton scored the match clinching score with just minutes left on the clock to end a ten game wait for a win over the Wolves and put the Wildcats back in the play-off hunt with five games left of 2014.
Trinity were the first opposition side to score 40 points at the Halliwell Jones Stadium since 2009 but it was the defensive effort that laid the platform for the win. Tony Smith’s men had prolonged spells of possession and time within 20 metres of the Wakefield line but the attitude to defence that was a hallmark of the five game unbeaten run that ended at Catalans was in evidence once more and Scruton believe that was key to the success.
“Result wise and performance wise I think it had a bit of everything for us,” said the prop. “I’ve not had too many good days here in my time so to come here and get a win like we did was pretty special.
“We scored 40 points but I think we held them up over the line four, five or six times and they looked like dead set tries at the time but we found a way to keep them out. We found that desire in ‘D’ to keep them out and once you get that then you’re a difficult side to beat.
“I’ve not had many good days and I’ve definitely not score many tries here. I usually panic and put the ball down as soon as I get over the line but I’m getting a bit blasé about it all now, it’s my best year for tries. It’s nice to get over again.”
The Wildcats still face tough away fixtures against St. Helens and Castleford Tigers before the season’s out if they are to gatecrash the top eight with home games against Hull KR, Salford Red Devils and Huddersfield Giants this coming Sunday.
Scruton believes a play-off charge is possible and was pleased to right a few wrongs from a tough trip to the south of France last time out.
“We’ve got some pretty good home fixtures coming up so obviously we’re looking to win every game at home.
“It was just important to bounce back after last week because everybody wrote us off. To go in and put in a good performance and be considered for that top eight is pretty nice again.”
Listen to the full interview with Scruton on the Wildcats Audioboo channel.