Wakefield Wildcats: Huddersfield old boy Danny Kirmond out to spoil Giants’ title-winning party

FORMER CLUB: Wildcats skipper Danny Kirmond during his days as a Giant
FORMER CLUB: Wildcats skipper Danny Kirmond during his days as a Giant

Skipper Danny Kirmond says Wakefield Wildcats are out to crash the Huddersfield Giants title-winning party at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday.

Wildcats make the short trip across West Yorkshire for their penultimate match of the Super League season and with Giants guaranteed the League Leaders’ shield if they win.

Paul Anderson’s men could already have clinched the title if Warrington Wolves fail to beat St Helens on Friday night.

But the occasion, especially with it being screened on Sky (kick-off 6.15pm), gives Kirmond and Wakefield extra desire to act as party poopers against his former club.

“We’re going there to crash their party,” he said.

“Hopefully they’ll be a little bit more excited and ready to party so they’ll be off their game a little bit.

“They’ve done really well to put themselves in a position to win the league now but we’ll be going there to crash it, definitely.”

He added: “Having played there before I’m pretty happy for them how well they’ve done in the league this year but definitely, on an individual part, I don’t want to be going there and seeing them winning the league when I’m taking my team there to get a victory.”

Giants were in a similar strong position midway through last season before falling away drastically towards the end of the campaign.

But Kirmond, who spent three years as a Giant, has been impressed at how they have held things together one year on.

“This year they’ve kept those nerves back really well,” he commented.

“Everyone’s been expecting them to fall off the pace a little bit but they’ve not done that, so we can’t be going there expecting anything but their best performance and that’s what we’ll be preparing for.”

Wildcats set a target of two wins from their final three matches before the loss against St Helens last time out.

That target has not changed as Wakefield look to go into the close season in a positive frame of mind.

“We’ve faltered a little bit over the last couple of months which is disappointing, on an individual and a team perspective,” said the ’Cats skipper.

“But you get a couple of wins in the last two games of the season then you come back to pre-season and it’s a lot better place to be around, everyone’s a little bit happier so we’re looking to finish on a high and we’ve a lot of personal pride.”

Wildcats were edged out by two points against Huddersfield on home soil in February - a sign of how competitive Agar’s men have been throughout this term.

Kirmond believes positives can be taken from a season of close calls, but is ultimately disappointed the positive performances have not been transformed into points.

“We’ve been a lot more competitive this year, our points difference for and against is a lot better than it was but we’ve just not picked up the two points which, ultimately, is the most important thing,” he said.

“When you look at the league ladders it’s obviously a lot more disappointing than it was last year even though we’ve been more competitive.”