BREAK HAS COME AT A GOOD TIME, SAYS SMITH
Super League’s top assist maker Tim Smith is pleased to have had a break from setting up tries after five wins on the bounce has propelled the Wildcats into touching distance of the play-offs.
The scrum-half has been a standout performer for Trinity this season and is expected to be in the running for awards at Celebrate Wakefield on Saturday 8th September. The Australians performances have helped lift the Wildcats to ninth position and just one point off Bradford Bulls after impressive recent victories.
Richard Agar’s men have had the week off due to the Challenge Cup Final and the Wildcats number 20 admits despite wanting to continue their momentum a week off was just what they needed.
“I think the break came at a good time, I think a few of the boys needed a rest which is good. After five in a row you probably need a bit of a rest and I think it’s came at a good time for us, we are looking forward to the Widnes game and we have had a rest so we know Widnes is going to be tough on Sunday.
“I’m not sure (why we have started winning), I think obviously the boys are playing for each other and everybody’s putting in and things are going well I guess. I don’t think too much has changed, I just think we are playing well as a team and it’s working for us at the moment.
“I think all year we have only just been a little bit off but all of a sudden something clicked and we started to score some good times and I think our forwards have had a lot to do with it. They lay a real good platform for us and things are looking good but like I said we still have two games to go,” said Smith.
The dramatic last gasp win over Rovers was much to do with the former Cronulla man after four try assists helped the Wildcats match the Robins six scores. Those assists moved Smith above Wigan’s Sam Tomkins in the charts to be top of the 2012 assist table on 30, one ahead of Tomkins in what has been a fruitful year. Smith himself remains modest and was in joking mood as a team mate was listening in over his shoulder.
“I didn’t actually know that and like I said before, if your forwards lay a good platform that helps, we are going well at the moment so we will continue and keep going.
“I’m not like a lot of the blokes at this club that watch stats like Ben Cockayne because he looks at his metres every week. I am a little bit different to him,” joked Smith.
As for the run-in, the 27-year-old is confident in reaching the top eight but says it will be a difficult route to extend their season by at least another week.
“We still have to pretty much win both games and if we can do that we give ourselves the best chance so hopefully results go our way and we can make the play-offs.
“It is going to be tough because Widnes have been playing really well and Salford are tough over there. It’s Luke Patten’s last game so they are going to want to send him out a winner so we have a tough ask but anything is possible.”
Tickets for the first of the two big games against Widnes Vikings are on sale now. Kick-off on Sunday 2nd September is now 6.45pm with tickets available in the Ridings Centre Store, the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office, online or by calling 01924 201548.
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