Kear guards against complacency ahead of Challenge Cup clash

John Kear

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats head coach John Kear admits that his team will need to be at their best if they are to beat Doncaster in their Carnegie Challenge Cup fourth round tie today, Sunday.

Trinity travel to the Keepmoat Stadium hot on the heels of a successful Easter period in which they celebrated exciting Super League victories over Castleford Tigers and Hull KR but Kear is not getting complacent. He said: “I would rather play a lower league team than a Super League team, that is common sense but we have had a good look at Doncaster.

“We know their threats. They are enthusiastic and hard-working and they will front up to us so we have got to be able to cope with that.

“Priority number one is to respect your opposition and beat your opposition.”

The Wildcats have established some momentum and Kear wants the positive results to continue, saying: “We have picked up four points out of six over Easter, which a lot of pundits wouldn’t have predicted, and we have a bit of momentum.

“The more you keep playing well the more confident you get in your ability and we need to maintain that.”

Kear is desperate for his team to make an impact on this year’s competition, saying: “After four games in the Challenge Cup you are at Wembley and it is a great opportunity to get into the quarter-finals, roll our sleeves up and see what happens.

“The players are excited about [the competition] and I have sensed that in training. They are delighted with what they have done in Super League but they really fancy a dig at this competition and I certainly do.”

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