‘Mr Dependable’ Wilkes eyes victory over ‘smarting’ Bradford Bulls

Oliver Wilkes
Oliver Wilkes

PROP Oliver Wilkes has vowed to keep giving 100 per-cent to the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ cause and hopefully deliver a home win over Bradford Bulls on Saturday evening.

The 31 year-old is Super League’s current leader in consecutive appearances and has missed only three games in five years through injury, a record he describes as “not bad”.

And Wilkes is committed to continuing his run, saying: “I have never been one [player] that will win a game for you but what I will do is give 100 per-cent, I will work hard, run hard and tackle as hard as I can.”

And those are attributes that will be required when the Bulls visit the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in Round 4 of Stobart Super League XVII on Saturday evening.

Having gone down 54-16 to a rampant Wigan Warriors team last week, the wounded Bulls will be dangerous opponents. “They have come off the back of a defeat against a very strong side. I think Wigan would have done that to anybody in the competition last week.

“[Bradford] will be smarting a bit so they will be coming out all guns blazing and it will be up to us to stop them getting any momentum.”

Wilkes is starting his second stint at Wakefield, having played under John Kear between 2007 and 2009.

Following a spell with Harlequins, Wilkes is back in Wakefield as part of Richard Agar’s new-look team and the forward has noticed big differences at the club.

“The club has changed right from the top down to the bottom and they are going in the right direction,” he said.

“Everything they are doing is positive and it’s good to be part of it.

“All coaches are different and they have different systems. The only thing that’s the same is they want the same outcome.”

He added: “Wakefield and Richard have recruited quite a strong side. Obviously on paper we are not the greatest side in the competition but we are a side that’s building.

“Hopefully we can keep going in the right direction and get Wakefield where it needs to be and that’s back in the top eight consistently every season.”

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