Wildcats aim to maintain momentum
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will bid to maintain their push for the Super League play-offs and end the lingering hopes of Widnes Vikings when they meet in tomorrow's round 21 fixture at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
The Wildcats have won their last three matches to rekindle memories of last year's late-season run that took them from near the foot of the table into the top eight and coach Richard Agar sees no reason why they should not repeat that feat.
"We can take a lot of confidence out of the way we've played for three or four weeks," Agar said. "The boys are in good spirits.
"It's another of those big games for us. We're playing a team that is competing with us to put pressure on the eight."
Denis Betts' Widnes are three points behind the Wildcats and will be looking to bounce back from last week's 52-36 home defeat by Leeds Rhinos as they prepare for their Challenge Cup quarter-final meeting with Wigan Warriors next Monday.
Agar added: "I am sure Denis is looking for a response to last week's defeat, particularly in the build-up to what is going to be a massive game for them, the Challenge Cup tie with Wigan.
"I am sure he would have maybe liked to take the opportunity to rest one or two players or at least be wise with his team but that might have taken that option away from him.
"He's looking at getting these blokes in a better frame of mind before they go into what is probably the biggest game of the season for them."
Betts admits his side will have one eye on the cup match as they seek to make it back-to-back away wins following their triumph at Bradford Bulls a fortnight ago.
"We've got two tough games coming up within the space of a week," Betts said.
"If we put a good, solid performance in against Wakefield and give a good account of ourselves, that will put us in a positive frame of mind heading into the Challenge Cup game with Wigan the following week.
"It's going to be a physically demanding game away at Wakefield, that's for sure.
"Richard Agar has turned them into a really tough side with a lot of collective qualities, so we'll have to start the game positively and go in there with the right attitude."
Wakefield are boosted by the availability of second rower Danny Kirmond, who has discovered the best form of his career since being made captain.
The former Huddersfield Giants forward, who has scored nine tries in his last seven Super League matches, sustained a nasty finger injury at Hull FC but has taken the option of playing on through the pain barrier.
"That's a massive boost," said Wakefield winger Peter Fox. "When I found out, it made my day.
"He's in great form. He's a great leader and he's come on in leaps and bounds."