RISING STAR Reece Lyne is confident the home loss to St Helens two days ago won’t derail Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ season.
Wildcats were beaten 24-16 by the First Utility Super League leaders, after holding a 16-4 advantage soon after half-time.
The defeat was a blow for Wakefield after successive 50-point victories, but Lyne reckons they could be encouraged by aspects of their performance.
“It was very disappointing, especially with us being at home and the injuries they had,” he accepted.
“We got into a really good position, two tries up and we should be looking to close games like that out.
“But we played really well for 45 minutes. Our attack was good, but the most important thing was our D (defence).
“Our D was spot on, but in the second half we dropped off. We conceded a lot of penalties and there was some sloppy D.
“That’s disappointing, but there’re things to build on. It’s early days, we need to pick up two points, but I think we are building as a team.
“It is all a process and it’s all character-building. We’ll get back to training this week and we’ll look for a good performance against Hull KR on Sunday.
“That’s a big game for us. They are near us on the table at the minute, so it is important for us to pick up two points, but also get a good performance and really start building.
“We were confident going into Sunday’s game. We were on the back of two good wins and hopefully we can get back to winning ways.”
With less than a quarter of the season gone, Wildcats’ line-up is already much changed from the final weeks of pre-season.
Imports Pita Godinet, Scott Anderson and Matt Ryan are settling in, recent recruits Nick Scruton and Jarrod Sammut have got several games under their belt and the latest arrival, Harry Siejka, made his debut off the bench against Saints.
Lyne feels the team is beginning to find its feet as players get more match time together.
“Once we get a few more games together as a team everyone will start to gel a lot more,” he predicted.
“We have got our half-backs together and Harry’s here now, so everybody has arrived now and we will keep building as a team.
“I think we have got a really strong team and we are a really close bunch. The defeat at the weekend won’t affect us too much, we will knuckle down in training, have a look at the video and put things right this week.
“There is heaps of improvement in us and that’s the good thing. There was only eight points in it on Sunday, against a team who are unbeaten and top of the league and we were nowhere near our best.
“If we put all the little things right we can put these teams to bed, I think.”
Wildcats were tipped as near certainties for the drop before the season began, but are four points clear of the relegation zone going into round seven.
“Everyone wrote us off,” Lyne admitted. “But we will decide who we are as a team and we will make people judge us by our performances.
“We will keep working and hopefully we will find some consistency.
“We have to because we’ve got some big games coming up: Hull KR and then Leeds and Leeds.
“It is important we get on the training field and work hard in training. We’ve got a good bunch of lads, so we can easily put things right.”
Hull KR got off the mark with a 16-0 win over Bradford Bulls two days ago and will move level with Wildcats if they win this weekend.
Lyne, a former Hull player, knows just how testing the clash in five days’ time will be.
“It is always a difficult place to go and play,” he observed. “It’s always windy and the fans are hostile, but we will have a good travelling support and we’ll have to create our own atmosphere.
“It is an important game and we’ll be looking to go there and get a result.”
Lyne is ever-present for Wildcats this season – playing three games as a centre and three on the wing – and has scored in the last four matches, a sequence which has produced five tries.
“It is good to get a run of games,” he said. “I just need to keep finding that level of consistency each game, rather than having one good game every now and then.
“I need to have a good run of games and some good consistency.
“It is nice to be in the team, but hopefully I can keep building on my individual performances.
“I am 21 with 20 or 30 games under my belt, so every game I am learning.
“You make mistakes, but you learn from them for next week.
“As long as I keep learning that’s the main thing.
“I have got good people to learn from here, great coaching staff.
“So, from my point of view, I just want to keep learning and improving as a player.
“I love it at Wakefield. These have been the best two years since I become a pro’.
“The boys are brilliant, the coaching staff are brilliant and the fans are brilliant.
“Everything is really good and I am enjoying living in Wakefield as well.”