Wakefield Wildcats: Samoa World Cup star says Wildcats can build on win

Pita Godinet.
Pita Godinet.
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WAKEFIELD TRINITY Wildcats will be looking to carry on from where they left off when they visit Widnes Vikings tonight.

Wildcats trailed 16-0 at Hull five days ago, but staged a remarkable fightback to win 23-16 and end a run of six successive defeats in all competitions

Import Pita Godinet admitted the victory was a welcome boost after a tough couple of months and he is looking for more of the same tonight.

“We regrouped at half-time and spoke about what we had to do,” Godinet recalled.

“We had the same game plan as in the first half, but we went out and executed it a bit better in the second half. Perseverance got us through the game and we ended up getting the win.

“It shows what we can do. We hadn’t shown it for the last few weeks, but I think we are still trying to string combinations together and get into where the coach wants us to be.

“I guess it has just come down to practice. We showed we are on the right lines and hopefully we can just progress from here on.”

The win last week was vital for Wildcats who remain six points clear of the relegation zone, despite second-bottom Bradford Bulls’ shock victory over Warrington Wolves.

Godinet reckons it could prove to be a turning point in their season.

He added: “You don’t want to get into a habit of turning up, playing and going away with a loss.

“It was up to us as individuals – the coaches tell us what to do, but at the end of the day the coaches are not out on the field.

“We have to do it ourselves. We have to stay together, which we have done and execute plays better. As a whole we felt good after last week’s game and now we need to keep it going.”

Tonight’s meeting with Widnes Vikings – who are fifth in the table after an impressive start to the season – is another winnable game for Wildcats and Godinet said: “We’ve had a short turnaround, so we have to prepare properly.

“There’s still a lot of things to learn off and fix up and hopefully we will go into this week’s game with the same attitude and momentum. We will take a lot of confidence out of last week.

“We felt that coming to the end of the game. We felt we had the game and there was a good feeling among all the boys – we all know how everyone feels for each other and how hard everyone works.

“We can take a lot of confidence out of that and take it into Widnes, who are doing all right this season.”

Widnes’ home form has been strong on their 4g artificial surface. It will be Godinet’s first experience of a plastic pitch, but he said: “I have heard about it and I have trained on a few back in New Zealand.

“Everyone’s saying it is a good pitch and a fast pitch and I am looking forward to it.”

Godinet, who starred for Samoa in last year’s World Cup, only arrived at Wakefield the week before the season began, but has been one of their most impressive players so far, initially at scrum-half, but now operating as back-up hooker.

“I have settled in well,” he said. “Me and the wife have moved into our own place in Wakefield and we are slowly getting bits and pieces together. We are enjoying the life, the club’s really looking after us and the boys are good too.

“I can play half or hooker, but I just want to play whereever I can make an impact and do whatever I can to help the team.

“I will play to the best of my ability, but I am enjoying playing hooker at the moment.”

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