posted on 21 July 2016

Tinirau Arona has paid tribute to the Trinity supporters who made the trip over to Perpignan last weekend to support the boys in our nail-biting 28-30 victory over Catalans Dragons.

The Wildcats fought back from 18-6 down in the first-half to claim a first win in Perpignan since 2011, with Arona and the rest of the forward pack playing a highly influential part in bringing the two points home. And the 27-year old is delighted with the win, whilst also praising the travelling support.

"It was real good (to get the win). We knew it was going to be a tough challenge, it was a big day for us travelling there and back in one day and trying to get the two points. The boys showed plenty of spirit and it was very inspiring seeing all of our fans that got there. It was quite a surprise for us when we showed up at the stadium and there were a few hundred Wakefield fans at the bar in the corner cheering us on as the bus drove past. I was really happy with the result we got and I thought all the boys deserved those two points."

The Wildcats took a different approach to the fixture last weekend, as the squad travelled out early on Saturday morning, rather than a few days beforehand which has been the case in previous years.

"Yes and no. Personally, once I cross that white line it's all football," said Arona, when asked if travelling out on the day played to the teams advantage.

"No matter what happens during the day or whether it's bad preparation or good preparation, the only thing that matters is what happens once you cross that white line. It just showed every player played for each other that day and it was good to come away with two points."

Arona has been a consistent figure in Chris Chester's side since arriving from Cronulla Sharks in the off-season. The front-rower has made 23 appearances in his debut season and has recently signed a new deal which could keep him at Belle Vue until the end of the 2018 season.

"I'm loving it. I've re-signed for a couple more years and it's been a good experience for me and my family. I'm just enjoying my football here and that means a lot.


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