WOOD: ROVERS WIN SHOWS WE CAN HANDLE PLAY-OFF PRESSURE
Wakefield playmaker Kyle Wood admits coming through Sunday’s game against Hull KR with a victory shows the Wildcats can handle the pressure leading into the final two games in Super League.
Trinity sit just one place and one point behind eighth place Bradford after the Bulls were victorious over Huddersfield on Sunday, leaving the race for the final play-off spot wide open. The league takes a back seat this week though as the Challenge Cup Final takes place between Leeds and Warrington at Wembley on Saturday before the final run-in takes place.
The Wildcats have won eight of their last twelve fixtures which has catapulted Richard Agar’s men into serious contenders for a position in the knock-out stages of Super League and Wood believes things are coming together at the right time of the year.
“We have improved and we have gelled,” he said.
“I know we have talked about the start of the year about when we are going to gel but I think we have now and everything is clicking into place. There was a bit of pressure on this game but at the end of the day we have handled it and came out with the two points.
“We have just got to go out and get the win against Widnes and keep playing each week without looking too far ahead into the future and just hope Bradford lose.”
The win against Rovers came in near identical fashion as the Saints game as a last gasp drop goal from Paul Sykes gave Trinity a crucial two points to move past the hosts in the league ladder. The hooker was overjoyed with emotion at the full-time hooter and explains setting up the drop goal was made all the more difficult after Frankie Mariano went for a try.
“It was very exciting, we always seem to leave it until the death the last couple of games and luckily we have a good drop kicker in Paul Sykes so he keeps knocking them over for us.
“That was probably a bit my fault because I saw a bit of space and I thought Frankie was in a bit of space out there but he got a pretty quick play of the ball so we got it back to Paul Sykes quickly and he slotted it over.
“First half we seemed like we were a bit under pressure because it’s the first game where we have let pressure get on us and at half-time we talked about that and we all said lets go out and play our normal game. I think we went out the second half firing.
“I think that was the first half where it was hard to get into a flow but once we got back-to-back tries in the second half we started to get a roll on and we kicked on from there.”
The Wildcats supporters travelled to East Hull in numbers and Wood was quick to praise the visiting supporters who helped make a difference at MS3 Craven Park.
“They definitely made themselves heard. We have a good fan base here and quite a few travelled down so thanks to them and it is a big crowd here at Hull KR and I’d say we edged them out on the loudness.”
Tickets are now on sale for the crunch home fixture with Widnes Vikings that will now take place at 6.45pm on Sunday 2nd September so buy your tickets and help Kyle Wood and his team mates to victory at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium. Tickets can be purchased online HERE, the Ridings Centre Store, the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office or by calling 01924 201548.
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