WAKEFIELD TRINITY’S Tyler Randell is hoping his second game against Leeds Rhinos goes much better than his first.
The Australian hooker is set to feature in the West Yorkshire derby at Belle Vue on Sunday as Chris Chester’s side bid to end a four-match losing sequence.
It is a home game for us and we will need the crowd there to get us home. If we can put a good 80-minute performance together, I am sure we can get a win.Wakefield Trinity’s Tyler Randell
He is just five games into his comeback after nearly three months out, having injured his knee in the fifth minute of Trinity’s Boxing Day friendly against defending Super League champions Leeds.
“I’d only just done up my laces and I was taking them off again,” recalled Randell, about that opening warm-up game.
“I won’t be thinking about that. It is a home game for us and we will need the crowd there to get us home.
“If we can put a good 80-minute performance together, I am sure we can get a win. I am feeling a lot better than I expected to feel with the knee. I missed the first month of the season and thought it would take me a few games to get my fitness up.
“But we are not winning and losing games puts a dampener on everything. I am just trying to get back into training and work hard to get us back rolling again.”
Wakefield won their opening four games but have lost their last four, including a heart-breaking late 27-26 defeat at Hull FC on Easter Monday.
Randell, who joined from NRL club Newcastle Knights last August, added: “At Hull, we were leading at half-time and gave a good lead up.
“We then came back and to lose it the way we did (to a 79th-minute drop goal) was disappointing.
“Over the last month, in three of the four games we’ve been leading at half-time and ended up losing.
“We have got to put that behind us and look forward to Sunday. It doesn’t get any easier, playing Leeds, but we need to get our season back on track.”
Randell, 25, also featured in the 11-6 loss at home to Castleford Tigers last Thursday and is getting to grips with the alien experience of Super League’s intensive holiday schedule.
“I definitely haven’t played two games in four days, not since I was a kid at school,” he said.
“It was something a bit different, but we lost both of them and you pay more attention to that than how you are feeling after it.”