Hull KR v Wakefield: Wildcats must take chance to ease drop fears

Wakefield Wildcat' Ali Lauitiiti.
Wakefield Wildcat' Ali Lauitiiti.
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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are fully aware they need to show a ruthless touch at Hull Kingston Rovers tomorrow, Ali Lauitiiti says.

Wildcats, who beat Hull KR at Belle Vue early in the season, have won their last two matches in the First Utility Qualifiers and a victory tomorrow afternoon would be a major step towards top-flight safety.

After a near-miss at Salford Red Devils in their opening game and then successes over the Championship’s top two clubs in Bradford Bulls and Leigh Centurions, a win against Super League opposition tomorrow could be enough to keep Wakefield up – if they do not slip-up in their remaining matches against lower division teams.

“It is a big opportunity for us,” said Lauitiiti.

“Not only us, but Hull KR as well – but we can only look at ourselves and it is a big game for us.

“We have been doing our best to work on the things we need to improve and we’re determined to do well.

“We are in good form, wins for us haven’t come that easily this year, but we have won our last two.

“The boys are putting the effort in at training and the rewards are coming. Hopefully this week we can take another step forward.”

Tomorrow’s game will be Rovers’ first since their record-50-0 drubbing by Leeds Rhinos in last Saturday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final.

Lauitiiti said if Rovers are still feeling sorry for themselves, Wildcats must take advantage – but he reckons the East Yorkshire outfit are a better team than last week’s drubbing suggests.

“They played Leeds, who are the best team in the competition,” he said.

“They are a good team and that’s why they reached the Challenge Cup final.

“They have got a lot of dangerous players in their team and we have got to be up for a big game.”