THE RETURN of half-back Tim Smith has sparked Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ change of fortune, according to coach James Webster.
Webster will be aiming for a third straight win since taking over from Richard Agar, when Hull visit Rapid Solicitors Stadium tomorrow.
It will also be Smith’s third game following his return to Wakefield on long-term loan from Salford Red Devils, where he moved at the end of last year.
“Tim has been massive for us,” Webster said. “Other than the start of the year, when we put a lot of points on London and Catalan, we have struggled for points. Tim has come back and we seem to have a bit more flow to our game.
“He set the two tries up against London that got us the result and he was instrumental again in our performance against Wigan last week.
“I am sure Hull will come here and put plenty of pressure on him. We need to be able to deal with that.”
Wildcats hit back from 16-0 down in the second half to win at Hull earlier in the season and Webster is expecting another tight contest.
“I have been impressed with Hull over the last couple of weeks,” he said.
“They are going to be a tough test for us, but we are confident we can put in another good performance.
“It is always good when Hull clubs come to Wakefield, There are generally big crowds and a good atmosphere, so I think it’s a game the boys are looking forward to.”
A win would leave Wildcats on 14 points and Webster reckons that should be enough to keep them out of the bottom two, whatever the result of Bradford Bulls’ legal action against their six-point deduction.
“We are happy we have found some form at the right time of year, but there’s still 10 massive games left for us,” he added.
“Our aim is to finish as high as we can and fulfil our potential. Maybe as a team we have under-achieved from the start of the year, due to a lot of reasons – late arrivals, loan players and a heap of injuries to our main players. But we are feeling a lot more stable and a lot more confident that we are able to go out there and not just compete, but really push for some more wins.”
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats from: Mathers, Owen, Ryan, Lyne, Riley, Sykes, T Smith, Anderson, McSghane, Scruton, Gilmour, Kirmond, Washbrook, Gidinet, Tautai, Moore, D Smith, Raleigh, Walshaw.
Hull FC from: Shaul, Lineham, Whiting, Yeaman, Talanoa, Miller, Horne, Paea, Heremaia, Bowden, Ellis, Tuson, Westerman, Thompson, Hadley, Paleaaesina, Sa, Houghton, Watts.
Referee: Richard Silverwood (Mirfield).
Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3pm.