THE SHOCKING 58-16 collapse at Widnes Vikings two days ago came “out of the blue”, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats skipper Danny Kirmond says.
Wildcats’ first defeat of the season followed encouraging victories over Castleford Tigers and Hull KR and Kirmond said: “We didn’t see it coming at all.”
Wildcats went behind inside three minutes following an error by Tim Smith behind his own line and that set the tone for a mistake-riddled performance.
Widnes led 24-4 at half-time and finished with 10 tries, three of them in the final seven minutes.
Kirmond reflected: “We set some pretty high standards for ourselves, both in training and in games, leading up to it. It came out of the blue really.
“I don’t think anything went right for us at the start of the game – they battered us from the start.
“When you’re on top as much as they were things seem to go right for you – bounces here and there and they probably put 20 points on through kick plays that bounced into their hands rather than ours.
“It was a really disappointing day and obviously back to earth with a bump, but it’s a short turnaround this week until we play Saints on Friday, we were back in to work (yesterday) and we’ll work hard and hopefully put things right this week.”
Wildcats showed what they can do if they hang on to the ball by scoring back-to-back touchdowns late in the second half.
“We talk all the time about if we have 50 per cent of the ball we will be in with a chance in games, because we are a good attacking team,” Kirmond said.
“But we never gave ourselves a chance from the start. The first couple of sets we didn’t kick the ball well enough to get into the grind and fair credit to Widnes, I thought they played really well. They have got some good strike in attack and they just wanted it a bit more than us, which is probably the most disappointing thing.”
Kirmond admitted he felt for the fans who made the trek to Widnes, saying: “They were loud all the way through and they turned up in good numbers as well. Obviously on the back of the first two games they went there with a fair deal of confidence, like we did.
“So it is disappointing for them. We are obviously sorry for those who travelled across, but nobody means to play like that. You get those results sometimes in team sports and it’s just up to us to rectify it now and put it right.”
Meanwhile, coach James Webster confirmed prop Scott Anderson suffered medial knee ligament damage at Widnes and will be sidelined for between six and 12 weeks.