Wakefield Trinity Wildcats winger Ben Jones-Bishop believes that Widnes’ notoriously tough iPitch is a surface that won’t just suit the home side when the two sides meet this weekend.
Wakefield travel to the Vikings on Friday looking to inflict more misery on Denis Betts’ side, who have dropped into mid-table following a blistering start to the season.
And Jones-Bishop told the Wildcats’ official website that with the expansive way Wakefield play in attack, the slick surface of the iPitch is going to be of “great benefit” to Chris Chester’s side at the weekend.
“The artificial pitch at Widnes means the speed of the game is faster, but we like to move the ball about, so although it benefits them it’s also a great benefit to us,” Jones-Bishop said.
“We’ve picked points up at home recently and I think if we can take the same mentality and workmanship through into away games it’ll hold us in good stead to come away with more points.”
But despite their shaky form lately, Jones-Bishop knows Widnes are not to be taken for granted – especially on their own surface.
“Widnes are a very attacking team, they throw the ball about and it’s a tough place to go to and get a result so we’re definitely expecting a tough game,” he said.
“Coming off the back of that defeat at home we’re looking to bounce back and put a few things right to get the two points.”