TAULIMA Tautai is hoping to put the knife into the the club which helped him rediscover his love for rugby league tonight.
The blockbusting forward was considering quitting the sport after falling out of favour at Parramatta.
As soon as you cross the line – I play for Wigan, I’ll do whatever I can to win – and then afterwards we’re mates againTaulima Tautai
But Wakefield threw him a lifeline and he thrived for the Yorkshire battlers – so much so, he secured a move to Wigan in the off-season.
Now the 26-year-old is set to take on the Wildcats – bottom of the Super League ladder – for the first time.
The Aussie said: “I enjoyed my time at Wakefield.
“It’s where I fell back in love with the game, and I still have some good mates there.
“I spoke to some of the boys and they’ve wished me good luck.
“But that’s the past and this is about now, and I want to do everything I can for our jersey.
“As soon as you cross the line – I play for Wigan, I’ll do whatever I can to win – and then afterwards we’re mates again.”
Warriors may be enduring a sticky start to the season but they have won both their Super League matches at the DW Stadium.
And – still reeling from their 26-14 loss at Leeds last week – Tautai insists they are only a few “small margins” from breathing life into their campaign.
He said: “It’s been very disappointing, but we’re close, we’re really, really close.
“It’s so frustrating.
“We’re giving away unnecessary errors and penalties, and – once we tidy those up - we can and play to our potential.
“All the boys know what’s got to kick in, and once it does we’ll be really hard to beat. It’s just getting to that point.
“Wigan are a champion club and that’s why I came here, to win. It’s been a slow start but we can pick it up.”