Wakefield Trinity Wildcats head to the KC Lightstream Stadium on Sunday to face Super League side Hull KR in the fourth fixture of the Super 8s qualifiers.
The squad have had two weeks to prepare for the encounter after the physical and nail biting game against Championship side Leigh Centurions, where the Wildcats’ picked up their second win of the qualifiers.
Scrum-half Tim Smith who has played a major role in the dominant Wakefield squad over the past few weeks has looked back on the performance against Leigh ahead of the trip to Hull KR on Sunday.
He said, “Physically Leigh are a big side and a tough side, which probably made it the most demanding game this season. It was good to win the game and it puts us another step forward towards the end of the year.
“There were a few niggling injuries picked up against Leigh that a few of the boys needed to get right, I think that they are all sorted now. All the boys are freshened up and did what they had to do in preparation for Hull KR and hopefully we will get a win.
Hull KR have been in excellent form in the Super 8s qualifiers, being the only club to win all three fixtures so far in the competition. They will be hoping to get back to winning ways after suffering a heavy defeat against Leeds Rhinos in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley last Saturday.
“It is always a tough game against Hull KR no matter when you play them, I am sure it will be no different this week, I am looking forward to it actually”, continued Smith.
“I think it is an important game for them, if they win they are probably going to be pretty much secured in the qualifiers, I think they will be ready to go. It was obviously a tough loss for them against Leeds; I think they will be pumped up for a big one on Sunday.”
Smith has praised the efforts from the whole squad after holding on to the one point lead with 15 minutes left in the Leigh fixture, “I think it is the character amongst the boys, we are all playing for each other and when that happens it makes us play a lot better.
“We are all playing for each other and that is the main thing at the minute.”
Smith has also spoken about his partnership with Jacob Miller which has been exceptional during the qualifiers. “It helps when you get on with the bloke off the field in our position like me and Milky (Jacob Miller) do, things start to click.
“Everyone just gets on and I think when our forwards are going forward it makes mine and Milky’s job a lot easier. If we can do that again at the weekend, then it will make a difference.
Not only has the scrum-half praised his team-mates, he has thanked the fans for their amazing support over the past four weeks, with another bumper crowd of fans set to travel to Hull KR on Sunday.
Smith said, “I think the support of the fans in these qualifiers has been really big, I think last week they got us home in the end against Leigh. If they can get out in their numbers this week, it will be greatly appreciated.”