Wakefield Wildcats can reflect on a ‘happy Easter’ - Higgins

Liam Higgins in match action.
Liam Higgins in match action.
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PROP Liam Higgins reckons Wakefield Trinity Wildcats can be highly satisfied with their Easter endeavours.

A spell of three matches in 10 days saw Wildcats emerge with two wins and Higgins – who joined them a month ago from Sheffield Eagles – said: “We’re happy with that.

“Every team targets two out of three – and if you can get three it is a huge bonus. We have targeted our next two games as well (at Crusaders and at home to Catalan) and hopefully we can kick on.”

Wildcats hit back from 24-4 down to win at Higgins’ former club Castleford Tigers on Good Friday, then – after the 26-0 home loss to Wigan Warriors three days later – a last-gasp penalty goal secured a 26-24 victory over visitors Hull KR on Sunday.

Wakefield were 20-6 ahead early in the second half, saw Rovers rally to lead 24-20 and then had the character to stage a grandstand finish.

“There’s a lot of young kids in the team and we have got a really good team spirit,” Higgins said. “I think it is showing on the pitch.

“When the chips are down we all stand up for each other. Everybody wrote us off, but that’s firing us on.

“Everyone knows we have got a lot of kids, but John (coach John Kear) keeps telling us that they are good enough to play Super League and we have just got to keep proving it – which we are.”

Rovers coach Justin Morgan was angry with the penalty decision which led to Kieran Hyde’s winning kick, but Higgins insisted Wildcats got what they deserved.

“We should have kicked on and scored more points,” he said. “But we gave them a sniff with a few mistakes.

“They came back into it, but I think we deserved the win. We need to be more ruthless, instead of inviting teams back into the game.”

Wildcats visit Co-op Championship One side Doncaster in the Carnegie Challenge Cup fourth round on Sunday.

“We can’t take them lightly,” Higgins stressed. “We don’t want to get an upset, but it is a chance to build on some combinations and bring a few players back in.”

RFL director of rugby, Kevin Sinfield. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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