WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats centre Reece Lyne says the knowledge they have already beaten Warrington Wolves once this season will serve them well going into tomorrow’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final.
The West Yorkshire club hope to reach Wembley for the first time since 1979, but are significant underdogs given their opponents’ pedigree.
Warrington, who finished second in Super League, have won the Challenge Cup three times in the last seven years alone and are awash with game-breaking talents.
However, they lost 36-28 at Wakefield in May and have been beaten at the semi-final stage in each of the last two seasons.
“They are a top team,” said Lyne.
“They have got some star players who need taking care of, but we have beaten them once already this year and we will go there confident and looking to do a job and get into the final.
“The pressure is on them. We will turn up and we will put on a good show, I am sure of that.”
Wakefield’s hopes of doing so are aided by the return of captain Danny Kirmond and hooker Scott Moore along with Andy Yates, Scott Anderson and Ben Jones-Bishop.
Matty Ashurst (broken jaw) and Jonny Molloy (pectoral) drop out with injuries.
Youngsters Bradley Moules and Liam Senior will also make way.
Wakefield know they must improve on Sunday’s performance when they led three times against Castleford but conceded five unanswered tries in the final quarter to lose 46-20.
Former Hull player Lyne, 23, admitted: “It was a massive game, a local derby against Cas, so we were disappointed for us and the fans not to get the win.
“I thought we were the better team, definitely, for 50 or 60 minutes, but individual errors at key times cost us.
“But it is a different ball game this week, with it being a semi-final and we will have a few key players back as well, so we are looking to go over there and put on a good show.
“It will be my first time in a semi-final and the first time for a few of us. Warrington are used to being in semis and finals so it will be up to us to manage the occasion and make sure we put our best foot forward.”