Hauraki looks to Catalans

Hauraki looks to Catalans widnesvikings.co.uk

8th June 2018

Weller Hauraki spoke to the Vikings Media team to talk about his time so far at the club, his role within the group and his thoughts going into Saturday’s game against the Catalans Dragons.

The former New Zealand Maori international arrived at the Halton Stadium this week on a deal until the end of the 2018 season and goes straight into the 19-man squad for Saturday’s game against the Dragons.

The 33-year old says that it has been easy to settle in at the club and is looking forward to hitting the ground running against the Dragons.

“I’ve settled in really well,” he said. “Knowing a few of the boys already has made the transition easier. Aaron [Heremaia] has been really good, helping me with some of the moves, but all the boys have been really good helping me with the different calls.

“I’ve enjoyed my last two days here and I’m looking forward to ripping in on Saturday.”

Having played over 200 professional games of rugby league in his career, Hauraki hopes that he can be a real leader in the group and advise the younger squad members going forward.

“I’ve had so many good leaders over the years. I played back in Parramatta and at the Leeds Rhinos and I’ve had leaders like Nathan Cayless, Jamie Peacock and Kevin Sinfield. These were people who paved the way for me and gave me a platform and they were the people I looked up to.

“I was given the role as club captain at Salford. For the last four years, I’ve been the kind of person that the boys can have a chat to if they have anything to talk about, both on and off the field.”

Hauraki admitted that he has been impressed by what he has witnessed from his Vikings team-mates, but believes that they will need to fulfil their potential if they are to come back from France with the two points.

“The boys are full of energy and training has been outstanding. Hopefully we can take that into Saturday and have a good win.

“They’ve been on-form a little bit more than us but if we go there with the right attitude and do what we’ve been doing in the training sessions, we’ll beat any team.”

Hauraki also commended the fans who have travelled over to Perpignan for the game, with the Vikings selling out their ticket allocation.

He said: “Thanks for the support and for coming all the way over to France. Hopefully we can get the win for you; I know you’ll be really loud and I’m looking forward to seeing you all there."

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