Veivers eager to help Wildcats bounce back against Dragons

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FULL-BACK Josh Veivers is eager to help Wakefield Trinity Wildcats bounce back from their Challenge Cup agony against local rivals Castleford Tigers last weekend.

The former Wigan Warrior kicked ten points for Wakefield in the fifth round clash but John Kear’s men still bowed out of the competition by way of an agonising golden-point Kirk Dixon kick.

It was a tough experience for the 21-year-old but one he’s looking to put at the back of his mind when Catalan Dragons visit the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Sunday (kick-off 3.30pm).

“It was tough to lose like we did and I’d probably rather have got hammered than losing by golden point it was that bad,” he admitted.

“But all we can do is focus on this week and what we’re going to do this week against Catalan.

“We had a light week at the start of the week in training but we picked up a bit and we’re looking forward to playing and hopefully bouncing back at the weekend.”

He continued: “I think we were the better team throughout the game last week but we just couldn’t seem to close it out and it came back to bite us on the bum really.

“There’s plenty of positives and we’re not too downbeat. Obviously the lads were gutted at the start of the week but everyone’s buzzing now for this weekend to put it right.”

Wakefield have the chance to complete a first league ‘double’ of the season when the French side visit.

They got their first Super League win of the season in the away fixture in February when they put Dragons to the sword with a superb 38-14 victory.

And the full-back is looking for more of the same on home soil.

“At the start of the year we have to target which games we’re going to win and Catalans is one of those that we wanted to do the double over,” he said.

“We’ve done the first leg, we just need to beat them here at Belle Vue now.

“Everyone was writing us off over there and we showed what we can do so hopefully it’ll be more of the same.”

Veivers, who is hoping to cement a place back in the starting eleven after a spell out of the squad, is well aware of the problems Wakefield could face against the French club.

“They’ve hit some form, they’re a big set and we just need to stick to our game plan and hopefully we’ll get the right result,” he said.

“Obviously there’s Scott Dureau and Thomas Bosc that are key players and they have massive forwards, they have a lot of go forward there so if we stop them we’ve got a good chance of winning.”

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