posted on 26 May 2015

With our derby clash against Castleford Tigers at the Magic Weekend just five days away, scrum-half Tim Smith is licking his lips at the prospect of getting the season back on track with a win over our neighbours.

Smith, who was influential the last time we faced Castleford in Round 1, believes there is plenty of positives that can be taken from Sunday's 18-30 defeat against Widnes.

"We had a real good go against Widnes." Smith stated.

"The boys put a lot of effort in and we gave ourselves half a chance in the game. On an attacking aspect, we probably bombed three or four tries. Had we of took some of those chances we would've had a real opportunity to get the win."

The 30-year-old admits it has been a tough week which has seen James Webster leave his post as head coach, but says the players need to 'regroup and focus' on getting the season back on track.

"It has been difficult but as a team you've just got to go out on the field and do your best.

"It's sort of a kick up the backside for the players. Ultimately it is down to us because we're the ones that go out on the pitch.

"We've spoke about what we need to do and that is regroup and focus. We've been working hard in training and Stu Dickens and Lee Gilmour have been great with us all week."

Smith has highlighted the need for eighty minute performances which will give the side a big chance to win games and is targeting this weekend as a game the Wildcats can win.

"I can't wait for the Magic Weekend, I've played in the last two and they're great occasions." he said.

"We've got a real tough game coming up and we're working hard so we prepare the best we can. We need to start playing well for larger periods in the game and everyone needs to focus on their jobs and roles."

"It's not just a performance we want, we're going all out for the win."


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