FEATHERSTONE’s Andy Hay was the happier of the coaches after his Championship side lost 34-20 at Super League Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in their second pre-season game.
Rovers lost 18-0 at Castleford Tigers two weeks earlier and Hay observed: “I said before the game we needed to improve from our last outing and I thought we did.
“I thought in the first half Wakefield were very good and made us come off our own line nearly every set.
“That made it difficult for us to get any momentum going. In the second half we moved the ball a little bit better and got some joy out of it.
“I was really pleased with the hit out. Some of our defence we need to fix up, we clocked off a bit on some plays, but attacking-wise, we’ve done a bit more on it and you can see it’s paid off, though our timing and execution still needs to improve.”
Opposite number James Webster described Wakefield’s performance as “very scratchy”, though he felt it was an improvement from the 50-28 defeat at Leeds Rhinos on Boxing Day.
“I am pleased our tryline defence looked better than it did against Leeds,” said Webster, whose side will travel to north Wales for a training camp this week. “We have ironed a few things out, but we are a good way off still. I thought some of our things in attack were good. Craig Hall showed why we bought him.
“He can not only goal kick well, he can finish some tries off for us. There’s more positives than negatives, but we are realistic – we know we need to be better.”
Prop Nick Scruton suffered a shoulder injury in the opening quarter, but Webster said it is not thought to be serious.