Fox looks forward to Rovers return
The wheel will turn full circle for former England winger Peter Fox when he runs out against Hull KR for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats tomorrow.
Fox made his Stobart Super League debut for the Wildcats against Rovers in their first Super League match, exactly five years ago, before being signed by them.
The 27-year-old enjoyed three successful seasons at Craven Park but fell out of favour last year and in the close season jumped at the chance to rejoin Wakefield, for whom he scored two tries in their season-opening win at Widnes Vikings last Friday.
“I’m loving being back here,” he said. “I made my Super League debut here against Rovers and it does hold a place in my heart. I couldn’t be happier.”
Fox, who made his England debut while at Rovers, admits he was unhappy in his final year in east Yorkshire but insists he has nothing to prove to them.
“I did look for this fixture,” he said. “Obviously being there four years, it’s going to be a tough one for me personally and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“I don’t think I’ve got a point to prove. Things didn’t go well last year. The team didn’t go well and I wasn’t happy for one reason or another.
“But I’m happy now and really enjoying it at Wakefield. It has freshened me up and hopefully it will show on the field.”
Ben Cockayne, who scored Rovers’ match-winning try against Wakefield in 2007, is now a team-mate of Fox and will also face his old team-mates for the first time tomorrow, as long as the pitch thaws out in time.
The Wildcats are especially keen to get the game on with no fixture the following weekend because their scheduled game against Leeds Rhinos has been re-arranged due to the Heinz Big Soup World Club Challenge.
“I really hope it’s on,” said coach Richard Agar. “I wouldn’t want to go three weeks without any football.”
London Broncos return to the scene of their worst result when they take on Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium tomorrow, but even Wolves coach Tony Smith is not expecting anything like a repeat of the 82-6 scoreline from last year’s corresponding fixture.
The Londoners, who have changed their name from Harlequins RL, have a host of new signings to help them build a new image and pushed St Helens all the way in their opening game last Saturday.
“It will definitely be closer,” said Smith. “They’ve showed signs already. It’s a whole different team and they’ve a lot more experience in the squad.
“It’s a different stage of the year, they have a whole lot better players and the coach is more experienced, being his second year in.
“We’re expecting a real tough one. They showed last week they can play footie and score tries.”
Huddersfield Giants coach Nathan Brown is urging his side to avoid complacency as they look to follow up their surprise opening-round victory over Wigan Warriors when they entertain new boys Widnes at the Galpharm Stadium tomorrow.
Brown insists his side will not under-estimate the Vikings.
“The win over Wigan was a great result but it was only one game,” he said. “We are making sure our feet remain firmly planted on the ground.
“We know Widnes like to play footy and we know teams like that can prove difficult to beat.
“Our attitude and preparation has to be exactly the same as it was in the build-up to the Wigan game.”
Castleford Tigers are another team hoping to make it two wins out of two when they host Bradford Bulls.
Tigers coach Ian Millward said: “The players are fit and raring to go and we’re really looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd.”
Bulls coach Mick Potter, whose side lost at home to Catalan Dragons in their first game, has identified hooking duo Daryl Clark and Adam Milner as the men to watch in addition to reigning Man of Steel Rangi Chase.
“They are the players to nullify,” he said. “They have got some other good strike players as well.
“They play with some real good shape. They gave us trouble last year and I think they performed well in the snow against Salford last week so it will be a tough match for us.”