Wakefield half-back Mason Lino says this week’s clash with Castleford is one he has had an eye on since the start of the season.
Willie Poching’s side host the Tigers on Thursday as part of Super League’s Rivals Round.
Lino, who is in impressive form with Trinity, says it’s a fixture he is very much looking forward to.
“I’m very excited,” he told Love Rugby League.
“I think it’s one of those games you sort of map out on your calendar as soon as the draw is out. We haven’t beat them for a while, so hopefully we can get one this week.”
Mason Lino on Wakefield’s form
Wakefield opened their 2022 campaign with four straight defeats before a victory over Toulouse saw the side enjoy a successful run of form.
They went on to beat Warrington twice – including in the Challenge Cup – and also picked up a win over Salford at home.
“I think we’ve started just to compete a bit more,” Lino said.
“We’re taking opportunities as much as we can. Our middle players have been good for us the last three or four weeks, which has given me and Milky the opportunity to play a bit.
“We’re very optimistic. I think we can’t get too ahead of ourselves. There’s too many quality teams out there that if you get complacent, you’ll be back down there at the bottom.
“We’re definitely confident and will continue to improve. I still think we have a long way to go before we say we’re a top six team but I know we’ll get there. We have good players in the team and good coaching staff who will get us there. It starts this week first.”
Lino on Samoa hopes
The former NRL half-back has won three caps for Samoa between 2016 and 2019. He is yet to represent his country in a World Cup, but says he would take the opportunity for this year’s tournament.
When asked if he has an eye on the tournament, Lino replied: “A little bit, but I’m not too focussed on that just yet.
“I’m sort of just trying to make sure I play some good footy and see what happens really.
“If the opportunity presents itself I’d definitely put my hand up for it. I haven’t played in a World Cup yet.”