Collis: Wildcats have a point to prove against Bulls

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WAKEFIELD centre Dean Collis believes the Wildcats have a point to prove when they welcome Bradford Bulls to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in Super League tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

The 26-year-old Australian was disappointed he wasn't on the winning side last time out when Wakefield fell to a 22-10 defeat against Hull KR on home soil.

But he's hoping to help put that right tonight against the struggling Bulls as Richard Agar's men search for their first home win of the campaign.

"We had a tough game against Hull KR and I thought we had a chance to win," he said.

"We definitely have a point to prove. We're playing at home again so all the boys are really looking forward to it. We had a good crowd here against Hull KR so it was disappointing not to get a win, hopefully we'll get a good turn out again against Bradford and we'll try and get our first win at home."

Wakefield go into the match having not played for a fortnight. They were due to face champions Leeds Rhinos last weekend but Leeds were busy beating Manly Sea Eagles in the World Club Challenge.

It means Agar's troops will have a freshness about them going into tonight's game and Collis is hoping they can take full advantage.

He said: "It'd have been nice to get out there and try and redeem ourselves [last week]. I thought there were good signs there, we definitely had a chance to win. The week off also helped us get over a few things, so it was good and bad in a way but overall the lads are feeling pretty fresh this week so everyone's raring to go."

It's Collis's first season in Super League after making the switch from the NRL and Cronulla Sharks in the close season. He admits to not knowing too much about tonight's visitors but believes they'll be desperate to bounce back following their heavy ten-try defeat at home against Wigan last time out.

"I don't know a lot about them," he admitted.

"We don't get many Super League games back in Australia so we see what we see in video and rely on what the coaches say to the players. We saw clips of the Wigan game. I think Wigan were pretty red hot, they played pretty well so you can't read too much into that. After such a big defeat they're going to be fired up so it'll be a tough game.

"They're going to come out with a massive point to prove. They probably would have been a little bit embarrassed about it [the Wigan defeat] and they'll be fired up I'd imagine."

With so many changes to the Wakefield squad over the close season - Wakefield signed 18 new players and employed a new head coach in Richard Agar - it's perhaps expected that Wakefield won't hit their top gear until a few rounds into Super League XVII.

The signs are good for Collis so far, however, and he's hoping the steady improvements continue against Mick Potter's side.

"Throughout the trials we improved every game, we had a good first win against Widnes and again last week against Hull I thought the signs were good," he said.

"We just missed a few opportunities against Hull. As a team we're definitely moving forward and I think every week we're getting better, which was to be expected with so many new players in the squad. Overall the signs are pretty good."

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