Wilkes: Wildcats are fully focused on victory at Salford

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POWERFUL prop Oliver Wilkes says there’s no danger of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats taking Salford City Reds lightly this weekend with a Super League play-off place at stake.

Wildcats suffered a blip in their recent performance levels against Widnes Vikings on Sunday but still managed to get the two crucial points that lifted them into the top-eight.

Wilkes, who is the only first-team squad member to have been part of Wakefield’s last play-off campaign in 2009, says he and his team-mates are fully focused on beating the Reds and won’t be relying on Bradford Bulls slipping up at Catalans Dragons.

“We’re not that great a side to just go and think we can beat any other Super League side,” he said.

“We’re a side that if we play bad we’re going to slip up so this weekend we’ve got to be on our game and hopefully put Salford to the sword.

“Everything went for Wakefield last week. The boys all knew what had happened [in other weekend matches] and we just took our eye off the ball a little bit, but that won’t happen again.”

The Cumbrian says he’ll be staying clear of the Bulls result in France but admits it’ll be difficult to avoid it, commenting: “I’m sure it’ll probably get announced somewhere but first and foremost all our players will be focused on beating Salford this weekend.

“We can’t worry about other results. We don’t want to have to rely on Bradford slipping up at Catalans. If we get the win the league looks after itself.

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