posted on 31 August 2014

Paul Sykes felt the Wildcats converted a good weeks preparation into a winning performance against Salford Red Devils.

Paul Sykes created the final try for Richard Owen.

Sykes was something of a surprise selection at full-back having never featured there during his three years at the Wildcats but having previously played there in his career, he linked up superbly with Tim Smith and Pita Godinet.

He kicked five goals to edge him one away from 500 career goals and after putting in a 40/20 in the final minute, the former England international followed it with a sublime pass to hand Richard Owen his second try.

Sykes praised the team for their complete showing and believed standing up to Salford’s in your face approach in the early stages paid dividends.

“We stuck to what we’ve been training all week,” he said after the game.  “We thought we had a good week leading up to the game and it showed in patches that we totted up a few points.  We stuck to the game plan and defended really well.

“We knew they’d come out pretty fast and hard.  They like to come out and try and bash people up and we knew if we could absorb them then we’d be able to put some points on the board.  We did that and when we got asked to defend, we defended really well.  The boys got around the park really well and the middle fella’s stood up and dug deep.

“There were a couple of times where we didn’t complete our sets and were on the back foot but once we got back in the grind, we started to get a bit better field position and got the ball in areas we wanted to be.  We’re a dangerous team when we’ve got the ball in the opposition half so we enjoyed playing rugby at their end of the park.”

Listen to the full interview with Sykes on the Wildcats Audioboo channel.


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