Victory for Wakefield at Castleford tonight would be doubly sweet for Bill Tupou; not only would it breathe new life into Trinity’s season, but it would also give the big centre his first taste of victory over their arch rivals.
Trinity have lost their last nine meetings with Castleford – a run dating all the way back to February 2015, which was before Tupou joined the club from the NRL.
And he admits that’s a losing run he’s keen to set straight.
“Since I’ve been here, I don’t think I’ve beaten them!” he said.
“That’s in the back of my mind, trying to get my first win over them, because the last few games against them we’ve been close but haven’t really finished them off. We’ve been in front and lost the lead on occasions, but we’ve got the team do it this week.”
Tupou is also hopeful that the derby can help bring the best out of a Trinity side who were comprehensively beaten at Salford last Friday.
He said: “”It’s a big game this week. Last week was a disappointment for us as a team and we’ll be looking to do better this week against a strong side like Cas. We need to be on our game and hopefully we can get the two points.
“I’ve just re-signed so I’ll be here for another two years after this and I just want to build – with the boys we’ve got, I think we can definitely do good things in the future. The aim for now is to make that top eight and then that top four, but we’ve got the team to do it for sure.”