Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will be looking to put their own house in order when they visit slow-starting Super League champions Wigan Warriors on Sunday.
WAKEFIELD TRINITY Wildcats will be looking to put their own house in order when they visit slow-starting Super League champions Wigan Warriors on Sunday.
Wildcats have lost their opening two fixtures, narrowly at Salford Red Devils in round one and then with a dismal performance at home to Bradford Bulls six days ago.
Wigan are also yet to get off the mark, having been beaten at home by Huddersfield Giants in their opening fixture.
Sunday’s visit of Wakefield will be Warriors’ first game since the World Club Challenge loss to Sydney Roosters in Australia eight days earlier.
With Wigan having to cope with that disappointment, plus the journey back from Down Under and the effects of jetlag, it and could be a good time to play last year’s Grand Final winners.
But Wildcats prop Andy Raleigh stressed the visitors will simply be focusing on themselves.
”We are just going to try our best again,” he said. “I think we can’t really worry about their preparation.
“We haven’t really had great preparation either, but we have just got to worry about trying to have a good week and go into the game firing.
“When the new guys have had time to settle in they are going to be good additions for us, without a doubt.
“We have got some good players. It is just a case of trying to get firing as soon as we can.
“Obviously there’s things that were out of our hands regarding visas and things like that.
“Now that’s all out of the way we need to just knuckle down. We are a tight bunch and we’ve got to get together and get the combinations going.
“It doesn’t happen overnight, but hopefully it will happen sooner rather than later. Every point is important.
“Playing Bradford we were hoping we were going to come out with a good result, but it didn’t happen and we have got to move on.”
The game against Bulls came only four days after the loss at Salford and when recruits Pita Godinet, Matt Ryan, Scott Anderson and Jarrod Sammut were still settling in.
Raleigh said: “The way things have fallen probably didn’t help us. We aren’t the only side to have a short turn-around, but with having key players come in it would have been a bit more ideal if we’d had a bit more time.
“It is what it is and we have got to knuckle down this week. Perhaps against Bradford we didn’t show what we did at Salford in the second half. Keeping hold of the ball is key in any game.
“Bradford are a side that tough it out. Everytime you play them you know you’re going to be in an arm wrestle and it’s going to be a battle.
“If you don’t keep hold of the ball you don’t give yourselves any chances. The amount of defence we did in the first half, no side is going to come out on top if you keep turning the ball over like that.
“We have got to work on that and a bit more time together as a group will help us.”
Meanwhile, Wildcats will be without centre Dean Collis after he entered an early guilty plea to a charge of making Grade C dangerous contact with Lee Gaskell in the first minute of last Thursday’s game.
The Bradford half-back suffered knee ligament damage and is set to be sidelined for between eight and 12 weeks.
Collis will miss the trip to Wigan and the visit of Catalan Dragons a week later.