Wakefield Trinity forward Pauli Pauli lamented the team's slow start to the match against Warrington, which ended in narrow defeat, but believes the spirit shown by the players in the latter stages of the contest bodes well for the future.
Trinity trailed 22-6 at half-time but scored 24 points in the second half and almost snatched victory against an in-form Wolves side.
"We started off a bit slow and that's what cost us at the end of the day. The boys had a dig in the second half, which shows our character and what sort of team we're going to be in the next couple of years," said Pauli, who is in his first season with Trinity, and reports he is enjoying life in Super League.
"I love footy, I just enjoy playing. It's not a job for me, it's something I love to do. I love to attack, that's a big part of my game, but at the same time I love to defend as well. I am all for the big hits."
Pauli joined Wakefield with the option of extending his stay beyond the end of the current campaign and has indicated that he is keen to remain with the club for at least another year.
"It is good to be part of the club and it is a great opportunity to stay here next year. It was a one-year deal and the second year was optional in my favour," he added. "I am glad I have got the opportunity to be back here."
Wakefield return to Super League action on Sunday when Widnes are their visitors.
Meanwhile, Leeds Rhinos are 8.00 to win the Challenge Cup this year and St Helens can be backed at 1213.00.
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