Big-match Verdict: Wakefield Trinity coach Chester chips in with praise for ‘nine’ Wood

Kyle Wood. PIC: Paul Butterfield
Kyle Wood. PIC: Paul Butterfield
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HOOKER KYLE Wood was praised by Wakefield Trinity boss Chris Chester after inspiring their crucial 26-12 home win over Warrington Wolves.

Trinity were leading 18-10 at Hull in their previous game, but Wood’s misplaced pass to opponent Jake Connor got the hosts back in the match and they went on to win 40-18.

Chris Chester. PIC: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com

Chris Chester. PIC: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com

Wood bounced back by setting up Trinity’s first try against Warrington and scoring another in a dynamic performance and Chester said he was delighted with the way the No 9 responded. Chester said: “He certainly didn’t get any criticism from me [after the Hull game]. It was just one of those unfortunate things, if it comes off we go down the field and score, but it was a great reaction from him.

“He has been great for us all season. I am pleased for the kid.”

Trinity’s win ended a three-game losing run and left them just two points adrift of second spot in Betfred Super League.

“It was a massive win for us,” Chester reflected. “It was a really good reaction from the last couple of weeks when we’ve not been particularly good.

“I thought we were a little bit ugly at times, but sometimes you win ugly and I am pleased for the players who worked hard all week.

“It was nice to get a result at home because it’s been a few games since we did that. We will get a lot of confidence from this performance.”

The game was delayed in the second half after Warrington’s 18-year-old full-back Will Dagger, who is from Pontefract, suffered a neck injury.

He was taken off on a stretcher and Warrington chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick said: “Thankfully Will has been discharged from hospital with x-rays confirming no fracture. We will continue to monitor his condition.”

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