posted on 8 July 2016

Reece Lyne has called for the Wildcats to respond from Sunday's defeat against St Helens when they travel to the DW Stadium this evening to face Wigan Warriors. (Kick-off 8pm).

The Wildcats were the wrong side of a 32-44 scoreline against St Helens last weekend and must now pick themselves up for a difficult clash with in-form Wigan Warriors, who are looking to make it eight victories on the spin.

Speaking to the media team, Lyne says the St Helens game was a missed opportunity and the Wildcats will need to improve tonight if they are to pick up the two points.

"It was definitely there for us to winlast week." admits Lyne.

"Our first-half performance was poor and when we did get ourselves back into the game in the second-half, we didn't take our opportunities."

"We need to be a lot better than we were last week to give ourselves a chance. It's a bit of a short turnaround for us but the boys are excited for it. Wigan are in some real good form at the minute and they're looking to get to the top of the league, so it's going to be a tough challenge for us. They're a real good outfit with plenty of quality all over the park. Having said that though, we're still confident we can go over there and get the two points. We've got quite a few injuries but we aren't using that an excuse. We've still got a good enough team going over there to cause them problems."

Despite what happens with the teams below Trinity in the Super League ladder, just a single point would cement the top-eight place and Lyne would like that doing sooner rather than later.

"If you look at where we were last season compared to where we are now, it's a fantastic turnaround. We're in a healthy spot in the league with three games left and we've got ourselves into a Challenge Cup semi-final so there's plenty to look forward to and everyone's in good spirits."

"We'd like that top-eight place cementing sooner rather than later though and if we could do that this weekend, it would be great. We're not panicking or anything like that, but it would make things a whole lot easier for us if we can get the job done and not have to worry about the other teams below us. It's nice that it's in our hands and it's down to us."

After missing a chunk of the season with a hamstring injury, Lyne has forced his way back into the side in recent weeks, forming a right-side combination with Ben Jones-Bishop. Lyne is enjoying the role given to him by Chris Chester and is keen to make it his own.

"I'm enjoying my rugby at minute." Lyne states.

"I've not really played much in the right-centre up until this season, but I'm finding it great out there with Bish (Jones-Bishop). I just want to keep playing consistently each week and make that right-centre spot my own, to be honest. There's some good competition in our three-quarter line so I know I'll have to be at the top of my gameevery week."


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