Wakefield Wildcats boss Kear confident ahead of trip to Crusaders

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HEAD coach John Kear is in confident mood ahead of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ trip to Crusaders tonight, Friday, in Super League XVI round 14 - a fixture he describes as “a big game”.

Both teams are propping up the table but the Wildcats boss is wary of the threat posed by a “good team with quality individuals”

He added: “I suppose we are in a mini league with Crusaders and we certainly would like to finish above them and if we can win then that will assist us in that quest.

“They are a good rugby league side and we know that we will have to play very well to beat them.”

Kear has been encouraged by Wildcats’ encouraging performances at the start of the season, saying: “We have won three of the last four games and are playing well at the moment.”

Jeremy Smith has been called-up to the 19-man squad for tonight’s game but Luke George will miss the trip to Wales with a hip injury, which Kear hopes will clear up before the much-anticipated Carnegie Challenge Cup fifth round clash at home to Castleford Tigers on Saturday, May 21.

Kear is looking forward to welcoming Smith back to the fold, saying: “He is re-invented himself a little in the role that we are to asking him to play but I am excited to see him on the field.”

He added: “He is a competitor and has played at a very high level so hopefully he will add something to our team.”

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