Wakefield Wildcats: Webster has one eye on next season after top-eight setback

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THE TARGET for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats now is to end the current season on a high note, according to coach James Webster.

The 36-18 home defeat by Huddersfield Giants two days ago left Wildcats four points outside First Utility Super League’s play-offs zone, with just four rounds of the regular season remaining.

The top eight is still mathematically within reach.

But Webster admitted: “It will be tough, unless something miraculous happens.

“It was never really on our radar.

“It would have been fantastic, but it’s not something we have been hanging our hat on.

“We want to finish the season in a positive light and try and get some momentum towards next year.

“If things fall our way with the eight, fantastic. If not, we will just build towards next season.”

Wildcats came through the defeat by Huddersfield with no new injuries and Webster was encouraged by his side’s second-half performance – after they had trailed 32-0 at the break.

“That was really pleasing,” he said.

“It shows we can do it and the team will keep trying.

“We had four overseas players out and people coming back and I thought the first-half effort was similar to whenever we’ve struggled for the last three years, while I’ve been at the club.

“We struggled to deal with the big, strong, powerful teams.

“We can do it occasionally, but if you want to be in the top eight you have to do it week-in and week-out.”

Wildcats have no game this weekend owing to the semi-finals of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.

Webster said he will be taking a fresh approach to preparations for the visit to St Helens on Friday, August 15 – including a training session on Bridlington beach later this week.

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