Wakefield Wildcats: Anderson aims to end on a high at Saints

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DEPARTING FRONT-ROWER Scott Anderson is confident he can bow out of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats with a win.

Trinity’s season – and Anderson’s playing career – will come to an end tonight when they visit St Helens in the First Utility Super-8s.

They are on an eight-game losing run, but Anderson has seen signs of improvement in the last two performances.

After a two-point loss to Catalans Dragons, Wakefield had what could have been a crucial try disallowed in last Friday’s 18-12 defeat by treble-chasing Hull.

“I think as a group we have come a long way in the last couple of weeks,” Anderson said.

“I thought we really had Hull on the edge and we were the better team probably for 85 per cent of the time.

“It was a bit disappointing we didn’t get the result, but it was good to get a good performance in.”

He added: “We have got some boys back from injury and that has helped. They have got a couple of games under their belt and we’ve been training together and working on combinations.

“It would be massive for me if we could win at Saints. I would love to finish on a high.

“I am excited and I think we can do it if we put in a performance like last week and maybe fix up a few little things.”

Wakefield will end the year bottom of the Super-8s table, but Anderson said: “We don’t want to finish without a win. I think we’ve shown in the last couple of weeks that our performances are top-eight material.”

Anderson, 30, joined Wildcats from Brisbane Broncos ahead of the 2014 campaign. He has been dogged by injuries throughout his time in England, but admitted the decision to retire was a tough one.

“There’s no second thoughts, but I am sad to go out,” he said. “It is tough, rugby league is all I have known, but I am really looking forward to going home and seeing my family.

“I have got a few things I might do, but at the minute I just want a bit of time off. I am going to travel a bit of Europe while I am over here, then head off back home.”

Anderson will remember his time at Wakefield fondly. He said: “It has been a tough three years, but there’s some great memories.”

Wakefield coach Chris Chester will select from the side on duty last week, plus forwards Jordan Crowther and Andy Yates. Saints will be without James Roby, Greg Richards and Adam Swift, but Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival are back in contention and Theo Fages, Oliver Davies and Jack Ashworth are vying for a call-up.

St Helens: from Lomax, Turner, Percival, Walsh, Walmsley, Amor, Vea, Wilkin, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Thompson, Peyroux, Fages, Greenwood, Owens, McDonnell, Fleming, Davies, Ashworth, Knowles.

Wakefield Wildcats: from Anderson, Arona, Arundel, Ashurst, Batchelor, Crowther, Fifita, Finn, Hall, Harrison, Johnstone, Jowitt, Lyne, Molloy, Simon, Sio, A Tupou, B Tupou, Yates.

Referee: Joe Cobb (Leigh).

Kick-off: Tonight, 8pm.