WAKEFIELD TRINITY have set a standard for the rest of their Betfred Super-8s campaign, fit-again stand-off Jacob Miller reckons, writes PETER SMITH.
Miller missed nine games due to a broken leg suffered at Wigan Warriors in May, but returned to help Trinity to a stunning 38-6 victory over Leeds Rhinos two days ago.
It was their first win in the Super-8s, at the ninth attempt and Miller stressed they need to build on it and secure a place in the top-four play-offs.
“Leeds are a good side who throw the ball around and test you all over the park,” said the 24-year-old Australian who is in his third season with Wakefield after joining them from Hull.
“It was a really good performance for us, but that has to be the benchmark now, especially coming up against Cas next week.
“We need the two points. We want to make sure we’re in that top-four at the end and we have to focus on that.”
The demolition of Leeds came six days after Trinity had been crushed 36-6 at Huddersfield Giants.
“We needed to put a performance in,” Miller conceded.
“We haven’t been good enough the last couple of weeks and it was probably a good time for me to come back in – the boys were ready and they wanted to respond.
“They did and it was just good timing for me.”
Miller had been named in the initial squad for the game at Huddersfield, but was left out of the matchday 17.
He admitted the extra recovery time paid off, adding: “I’d been training with the team for two maybe three weeks - not for long, but chiming in here there so I haven’t just been ready this week.
“I’d been ready for a couple of weeks and not just thrown in and that helped.”
Miller’s half-back combination with Liam Finn was at the heart of the win over Leeds, but he insisted the credit should go to Wakefield’s pack.
“Me and Finney have played together for a while now so it’s easy to come back,” he said.
“He takes control and I just do what I can off the back of that, but when the forwards go forward like they did it makes my job so much easier.”