EIGHTY-MINUTE PERFORMANCES are what will save Wakefield Trinity Wildcats from the drop, forward Jon Molloy reckons.
Wildcats travel to Leigh Centurions tomorrow (3pm) hoping to build on last weekend’s morale-boosting thrashing of Bradford Bulls.
That was their opening win in the First Utility Qualifiers and only their fifth of the season in all competitions.
But Molloy believes Wildcats are playing well in patches and would have been on four points now had they performed well for longer in their round one defeat at Salford Red Devils.
Wildcats trailed 16-0 late in the first half, but hit back to lead twice in the second period before being pipped 34-26 and Molloy said: “Obviously we had a good performance against Bradford, but as a team we felt like we played well against Salford.
“We came up short, but it was a close one and we lost it in the last 10 minutes.
“We were confident going into that one, but we really wanted to put a good performance in against Bradford because we thought we let ourselves down against Salford by not winning. We are pretty confident this week, but Leigh are a really dangerous team and we have got to put in an 80-minute performance to beat them.”
Last week’s 48-18 victory was Wildcats’ first win in six games and was just what they needed ahead of tomorrow’s showdown.
Bulls finished second in the Kingstone Press Championship, behind Leigh and Molloy said: “We started really well and that was important. If you aren’t going to play well for 80 minutes every game, it is going to be tough.”
Molloy was one of Wildcats’ try scorers when they lost to Leigh in the Kingstone Press Challenge Cup three months ago.
The Super League side led 24-6 at the break, but were blown apart in the final 40.
“Leigh like to throw the ball around,” Molloy said.
“They are one of those teams who can get you from anywhere on the field.
“Playing for 40 or 50 minutes, like we did last time, is not going to be good enough.
They are a really dangerous team and we have got to play for the full-80.”
Leigh have yet to win in the Qualifiers, losing at home to Hull KR and at Salford last week.
But Molloy warned: “I watched both games and they were really good.
“They were in front against Hull KR and they came back against Salford and scored three quick tries. We can’t be going there thinking we just have to turn up, especially with them being at home.”
On form, tomorrow’s game will decide who gets home advantage in the million pound match – between the Qualifiers’ fourth and fifth-placed sides – for the final place in Super League next year.
Molloy said Wildcats are still confident of finishing in the top-three and he added: “It is a massive game. All of them are, but this is probably our biggest game of the season so far.”