SCRUM-HALF Tim Smith hopes it’s third time lucky when Wakefield Trinity Wildcats host Leeds Rhinos tonight (kick-off 8pm).
Wildcats have fallen to two agonising away defeats against Brian McDermott’s men already this season - one in the Carnegie Challenge Cup and one in Super League.
Richard Agar’s men lost 38-18 in the cup after being 12-6 ahead at half-time and Wildcats returned to Headingley Carnegie to notch 40 points but still come away suffering a 44-40 league defeat.
And Smith, who penned a one-year contract extension at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium last week, is eager to dish out some revenge on the Challenge Cup finalists in front of the Sky cameras tonight.
“To score 40 against Leeds, the world champions, it says a lot about our attack,” he said.
“It was a little bit disappointing that we didn’t get the two points but that just shows how good Leeds are with the ball as well. If we can’t defend you know Leeds are going to make it tough for you.
“[We’re looking for] a little bit of revenge. If you look back at the Challenge Cup too it was 12-6 at half-time and then 40 minutes later they take away and beat us so we probably deserve to get one back on them. “It’s not going to be an easy feat, they’re a quality side and we know what we’re up against.”
The former Wigan Warriors man has ranked Leeds alongside his former club as the form teams of Super League at present.
And he admits Wakefield need to be at the top of their game defensively if they’re to secure two points.
He said: “Leeds are probably one of the form sides at the moment. Them and Wigan are the top two at the moment I reckon.
“Last time we played Leeds we gave them a real shake with some very attacking footy, so whoever defends will get the better end of the ball. If we can defend and put on some good plays then we could get those two points.”
It’s the second time the sides will have met on a Monday night - the last outing came in Leeds on Monday, June 18.
Monday rugby league is something Smith is used to from Australia and he’s looking forward to it in Super League.
“It’s the same in Australia so I’m accommodated to it,” he commented.
“It’s just another game. It’s obviously on Sky so it’s going to be a big build-up for us here at Wakey and I reckon we’ll get a good crowd as well.”
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