FIT-AGAIN CENTRE Reece Lyne insists Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are not a lost cause among the top-flight’s elite.
A run of nine straight league defeats has left Wildcats four points adrift at the foot of the First Utility Super League table, with 12 games to play until the competition splits.
But Lyne detected signs of improvement in last week’s 40-22 home defeat by Wigan Warriors and believes they can fight their way off the bottom if they continue to put in that amount of effort and cut out costly individuals errors, in attack and defence.
“It was a step forward from the last couple of weeks,” reflected Lyne, who was back in the side after a month off due to a thumb injury.
“We will work hard in training this week and hopefully keep improving for Saints on Friday.
“There was a lot of effort (last Thursday) and that’s something you can’t buy and you can’t practice.
“If we keep showing that every week we’ll be in the game right until the end.
“We were in it for 50-60 minutes, but we dropped off in the final quarter.”
Wildcats hit back after going 12 points behind three times and Lyne said proves the players have not given up.
“We were well in it, but a couple of missed one-on-ones (tackles) was the problem,” he added.
“We’ll work hard on that this week. We’ve got another tough game coming up, it’s not getting any easier, but there’s no easy games this year.
“The league is really competitive and you have to be on your guard every week, otherwise you get put away quite comfortably, as we’ve seen.”
Lyne believes Wakefield will end their losing run sooner rather than later. He said: “As long as we keep showing that desire and effort and we improve bits of skill. At the moment we keep making too many errors.
“In the first half last week we completed the highest we’ve done all year, but in the second half it dropped off and we missed too many individual tackles. We showed in the first couple of games we can be a match for anyone. If we get back to that level we can turn things around.”
Of his own return to action, the 22-year-old former Hull man, who suffered a broken thumb and damaged ligaments in the defeat at Salford Red Devils last month, said: “It was great to be back out there, helping the boys,
“But I was a bit scratchy.
“I missed too many one-on-ones, so I will be working hard on that in training.
“I need to be a lot better than that.
“I will work hard and hopefully you’ll see some big improvements this week.”