Wolves de­feat tough to take says Trinity coach Chester

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE - Peter Smith Email: pe­terj.smith@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PeterSmithYEP

WEARY WAKE­FIELD Trinity emerged from Su­per League’s tough­est Easter sched­ule with no points, but some credit.

Trinity were two min­utes away from an out­stand­ing vic­tory at War­ring­ton Wolves only to be de­nied by Tom Line­ham’s last gasp try.

Coach Chris Chester ad­mit­ted that was “tough to take”, but in­sisted Trinity’s dis­ap­point­ment was an in­di­ca­tion of their re­cent progress.

In 2014 Wake­field were em­bar­rassed 80-0 at War­ring­ton in the game af­ter Easter and last sea­son, though they beat them at home, Wake­field suf­fered three hefty de­feats to the league lead­ers and Chal­lenge Cup and Grand Finalists.

A poor first half cost Wake­field any chance of vic­tory at ta­ble-top­ping Castle­ford Tigers on Good Fri­day and they were un­for­tu­nate not to get at least a point against cham­pi­ons Wi­gan War­riors three days later.

Chester felt his team let them­selves down in the sec­ond half at War­ring­ton, af­ter lead­ing 20-6, but stressed: “I am not go­ing to have a go at the guys, I thought their ef­fort was fan­tas­tic and again – two weeks on the bounce – I thought we should have got some­thing from the game.”

Trinity dashed into an early 12-0 lead through tries by Ash­ley Gib­son and Ma­son Ca­ton-Brown, both con­verted by Liam Finn.

Ryan Atkins raced 80 me­tres to pull a try back against his for­mer club, De­clan Pat­ton adding the ex­tras, but Finn booted a penalty goal just be­fore the break and Tom John­stone crossed for a third con­verted Wake­field touch­down soon af­ter the in­ter­val.

Chris Hill and Kevin Brown replied with tries which Pat­ton im­proved, but Trinity were lead­ing 20-18 in the 77th minute and had pos­ses­sion deep in War­ring­ton ter­ri­tory when David Fi­fita knocked-on at a play-the-ball.

There was al­most an in­evitabil­ity about what hap­pened next as War­ring­ton mounted one last at­tack and Line­ham, their for­mer Hull winger, went over at the cor­ner from Ste­fan Ratch­ford’s long pass.

“I thought we were the best team for large parts of the game, but un­for­tu­nately we just came up short again,” Chester said.

“It was a poor er­ror and a poor read on the edge, but I am proud of the boys’ ef­forts.

“We’ve come a long way in such a short space of time.

“To come here and be re­ally dis­ap­pointed with a loss just shows how far we’ve come.

“Dave is a bit gut­ted af­ter the er­ror to­wards the back end, but we just needed to be a bit smarter in the sec­ond half.

“We tried chas­ing the game and our game man­age­ment needed to be a lot bet­ter – find touch, slow the game down a bit and play at our pace.”

Wake­field were not helped by the early loss of Danny Kir­mond due to a back prob­lem.

Chester re­vealed the cap­tain had been strug­gling in the warmup and con­ceded it had been a mis­take to al­low him to play.

Kir­mond’s in­jury gave some ex­tra game time to young for­ward James Batch­e­lor and Chester was also pleased with Kee­gan Hirst’s im­pact off the bench.

“Batch is still only 18,” Chester pointed out. “He had to come on for Danny af­ter 15 min­utes and played very, very well. He car­ried the ball strongly and I thought Kee­gan looked pretty good. We got some im­pact there, but it was a tough one to take.”

Long-term ca­su­alty Reece Lyne could be avail­able for Sun­day’s visit of Cata­lans Dragons, along with Matty Ashurst.

Chester has now given his play­ers some time off, say­ing: “I’ve told them I don’t want to see them now un­til Wed­nes­day.

“They’ve got a few days off now to re­cover and they need to use that time wisely. It has been a tough pe­riod. We’ve played some re­ally good sides over Easter and there’s a lot of bruised bod­ies.”

I’ve told them I don’t want to see them un­til Wed­nes­day. Chris Chester has given his side a few days off af­ter a gru­elling Easter sched­ule.


TOUCHED DOWN: Ma­son Ca­ton-Brown, left, scored in Wake­field’s nar­row de­feat at War­ring­ton, while Reece Lyne, right, could re­turn from in­jury at the week­end

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