11th January 2019, 11:47 | wakefield_trinity
Bill Tupou joined Wakefield Trinity from Canberra Raiders in 2015, the past two seasons Trinity have finished fifth with Tupou starring as a powerful centre.
At first Tupou was apprehensive and just worried about doing his best, last year he set Super League alight with powerful displays earning him the top metre maker in Super League.
“When I first came to Super League, I was just worried about me and being the best that I can be.
“I think halfway through last year people started talking me up, but I brushed it off and focussed on my mindset and bettering myself.
“It definitely helps me to stay the same and just be humble,” said Tupou.
Bill Tupou in 2018:— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) December 3, 2018
🏉 14 tries & 7 assists
🏆 @WTrinityRL Player of the Year, Fans' Player of the Year AND Players' Player of the Year
📏 Super League Top Metre Maker
👕 Super League Dream Team
The former New Zealand Warriors player was named in the Super League Dream Team last year, a fitting way to end the year after Trinity secured fifth place for the second season running.
“When my name gets banded around about being in the Super League Dream Team, at the back of mind I’m thinking how good it is.
“I know whatever I’m doing in training is working, so I have to focus on myself and the team to keep working hard.
“The past two years we’ve finished fifth and I feel as though we are still climbing.
“I think we’ve got the squad to do that – we’ve just got to do everything to push for the top five, and hopefully get into the Grand Final,” Tupou added.
Tupou is looking to build on last year and insists that doing the basics right will stand him in good stead.
“The big one for me is focussing on the basics that I do. Last year I focussed on doing the little things right every week in training.
“I think that definitely helped. So, coming into this year I had the same goal but do more of it.
“I have to keep on top of my fitness and skills, I have to do more than everyone else,” insisted Tupou.
With the new rule changes space could open more for Tupou to display even more powerful performances in the centres and maybe even beat the amount of metres he made in 2018.
“Around the middles, and especially with the interchanges, the boys have got to be a lot fitter.
“It’s definitely going to be faster, you won’t really get much rest. We’ve definitely upped the ante this pre-season, everyone is looking fitter than the past two years,” said the former Tongan international.
Wakefield kick-off their 2019 Super League campaign against Super League newcomers London Broncos in London on Sunday 3, February (3PM).