Captain’s Column: Trip to Wigan Warriors will be a great challenge for Wakefield Wildcats

DERBY DELIGHT: Danny Kirmond with the Adam Watene Trophy
DERBY DELIGHT: Danny Kirmond with the Adam Watene Trophy

We really targeted that Castleford game on Good Friday.

It was a big game for us. We’d been struggling a bit of late and it was important for us to get a win.

It was a local derby and a really big game so to go there, put in a good performance and get a win was great.

It was a bit strange at the end with the ‘fire’ and getting off the field a little bit earlier than normal but we’d done enough there to get the win anyway.

We looked to back it up against Hull on Monday. We got a good start but unfortunately let ourselves down with the way we let them back into the game.

Credit to them, they took a few chances which we put on the plate for them but it definitely should have been another win for us and we’re really disappointed with how we finished Easter.

We’ve got Wigan this week which is going to be a really tough game.

They’re flying high at the minute and put in a really good performances in both Easter games so it’ll be tough but a great challenge for us and a challenge to get back to where we want to be, which is more like the Cas performance than Hull.

They’ve got some quality all across the field and I think it’s good what they’re doing at the moment. You look at the players that have left but they’ve replaced them with young kids from Wigan. It’s similar to ourselves looking to bring local people through and push them into the first team squad.

We went for a team feed at Red’s True Barbecue in Leeds on Tuesday and it all got a bit competitive!

They do a chilli chicken hot wing challenge and some of us had to take it on.

Props being props they decided they’d be the tough guys and have a go.

I think Chris Annekin won. He had four and nearly had a cardiac arrest after! Kyle Amor, because it was free, had two, and then had to drive home like a dog with his head out of the window.

Justin Poore also took it on and he was gutted that he couldn’t have a coffee after because his lips were burning!

He loves a coffee - he calls his apartment Cafe 410 because he thinks he’s good at making coffee, so the challenge must have been pretty hot if he couldn’t have a coffee after.

It was a good day, the team had a really good feed.

Looking ahead to Monday and it’s the Challenge Cup draw.

You’d be foolish to say you want a Leeds or Wigan in the first round, you want the easiest draw possible and you’d want the easiest draw possible all the way through.

I’ve been lucky enough to play in the semi-finals and get to a final before with Huddersfield. Unfortunately I didn’t play in the final but we got a really good draw that year and I think we only ended up playing one or two Super League teams and suddenly you’re in a final so a good draw is everything.

“It’s a special cup and it holds a special place in a lot of rugby fans hearts so it’d be great to have a good run in the cup this year.

I think we’re capable of getting to the final. I’ve got full confidence in our squad in what we can do and everyone that’s here got the complete faith in everyone to do their job.

We’re confident going into every game that we can turn anyone over on our day and I think that’s the most important thing. If we perform at our best we know that we’ll be challenging anyone so if we get a couple of good draws we can push on to the latter stages.

- Danny.