An­other loss hard to take for Wake­field’s Ch­ester

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE - PE­TER SMITH

WAKE­FIELD TRIN­ITY coach Chris Ch­ester made no at­tempt to hide his dis­may af­ter a fifth successive de­feat.

Trin­ity, who won their open­ing four games in Bet­fred Su­per League, were pipped 28-26 by vis­i­tors Leeds Rhi­nos yes­ter­day, af­ter lead­ing 12-6 at half-time and 20-12 mid­way through the sec­ond half.

The loss came 11 days af­ter an 11-6 reverse against Castle­ford Tigers and six days on from a last­gasp one-point set­back at Hull.

Re­flect­ing on yes­ter­day’s set­back, Ch­ester said: “We are frus­trated be­cause we could have won.

“I felt it was an even con­test, but Leeds just man­aged to get the two points.

“That’s five losses on the bounce now. It’s not a good place to be in, but there’s lots of things we can be pos­i­tive about.”

He added: “What disappoints us most as staff is we spoke all week about Leeds and what their threats are and we had to make sure we made our one-on-one tack­les.

“We didn’t do that, we were soft de­fen­sively and that’s dis­ap­point­ing. The ef­fort was great, but we weren’t smart enough.

“Our game man­age­ment wasn’t great, but I am more frus­trated with the de­fen­sive lapses and one-on-one misses.

“They scored three tries from kicks and we needed to de­fend them bet­ter as well. I am re­ally frus­trated, we know we are not a mil­lion miles away, but we can’t keep say­ing the same thing weekin, week-out.”

Rhi­nos col­lected five points from their three games in 10 days over the Easter pe­riod.

Kal­lum Watkins’ two tries and four con­ver­sions – from five at­tempts – were cru­cial in the win at Wake­field and coach Brian McDer­mott saluted a “big knock” from his cap­tain.

He said: “He is in good form and he is rel­ish­ing the role of cap­tain.

“To cap­tain this group you’ve got to have a cer­tain per­son­al­ity and a bit of pres­ence about you and Kal­lum is do­ing a great job.”

On the game, McDer­mott added: “There were so many ebbs and flows, I should imag­ine it was a good game to watch. I thought it was a re­ally sig­nif­i­cant win, to build a team’s per­son­al­ity and char­ac­ter and iden­tity.”

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