Dangerous Double for Wasps

14/01/2011 12:04

HULL Wasps begin the second half of their National League Division Four campaign with a “dangerous” double-header.

Hull take on Durham Wildcats at the Bonus Arena in Walton Street, west Hull, on Saturday at 7.30pm before welcoming Liverpool to the venue the next day at 3pm.

Player-head coach John Brignell said he was expecting two very different encounters.

The 6ft 8in centre said: “Both teams present their own dangers. Durham didn’t perform when we played them at their place. We beat them by 38, but they have not lost many games since. They will be desperate to make up for their poor performance against us so we are expecting a tough, physical game.

“Sunday’s game against Liverpool is a toughy for a different reason. That is a game we should win by a comfortable margin, which puts them in the position of having absolutely nothing to lose. It would take something drastic for us not to win, but I am a perfectionist and I want us to win in the right way.”

Arctic weather forced the Wasps to cancel away trips to Huddersfield and Stockport in December, resulting in a drop into fourth spot.

But following the excellent victory over former leaders Warrington last month, confidence has remained high, according to Brignell.

“That game showed us just how well we can play, which can be a double-edged sword.

We played simple offensive basketball because we passed the ball into the right areas. Coupled with a tough defence, that makes any team very difficult to beat.

“But we must maintain that level of performance against every team in the league, not just the top teams, if we are going to give ourselves a chance to get out of this league.

“We know the only team that can beat us in this league is us.”