Wakefield Trinity Wildcats prop Kyle Amor believes playing in front of home fans could propel his side to victory over Leeds Rhinos tonight.
In the second match of their double-header with the Super League champions, Wakefield will be looking to avenge last week’s narrow 20-18 defeat at Headingley and jump into the play-off positions with a win.
Amor, who left Leeds in 2011 to join the Wildcats, believes playing in front of the Rapid Solicitors Stadium support could be crucial if Wakefield are to repeat last season’s 38-18 home win.
He said: “Obviously, both teams have got good players coming back, but I believe we are a stronger team at home.
“If you look at our performances I think you’d say that every time we’ve been at home we’ve played well, pushed teams close or got wins.
“We certainly for some reason thrive playing here so again hopefully we can put a good show on and performance and get two points.”
Amor feels his side put in a good showing at Headingley last week, but paid for the amount of possession they allowed Leeds to have as the league champions completed a narrow win.
He said: “We weren’t happy with how we handled the ball, we know if we can get 50% of the ball we can compete well with anyone and we showed that against Leeds, we still pushed them really close.
“With the pace and speed they’ve got at the back, they’ll punish a lot of good teams.
“We handed the ball over something like 16 times in our own area which isn’t good as it puts you on the back foot straight away.
“But I think we showed a lot of character at Headingley that hopefully if we can get enough ball we can certainly compete and look to push for a win.”
Last season, Wakefield blew away the eventual champions in the home fixture, running in seven tries to win by a margin of 20 points.
And with the Wildcats within touching distance of a spot in the play-off positions, Amor believes they can use their experience to secure another win over their illustrious neighbours.
He said: “Hopefully we can look to repeat some of that (last year) but it won’t by any means be easy.
“It was a really hard game last week, and we’re not expecting anything less.
“Leeds will probably come out and try to blow us away early doors but we will rise to that and look to play to our gameplan.
“It’s all about the performance and the result for us.”
Wakefield face Leeds at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium tonight, with the match getting underway at 8pm.