Mind the gap - Wakefield Trinity skipper Jacob Miller pledges more consistency ahead of Super League opener against Leeds Rhinos

Wakefield Trinity want to narrow the gulf between their best and worst performances this year, captain Jacob Miller says.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 5:45 am
Jacob Miller. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.

Trinity, who begin their Betfred Super League campaign against Leeds Rhinos in three days’ time, finished second from bottom in 2020 and Miller said their goal this time is “some more consistent performances”.

He admitted: “Last year, or even the years before, the difference between our best and worst was too wide. Our training has been a lot more consistent and hopefully that shows on the pitch this year and you won’t see that big dip between our best and our worst.”

After trying a variety of half-back combinations last term, Trinity could have found a settled half-back pairing as Miller links up with their only new signing, Mason Lino. The two have had just one pre-season game together, against Betfred Championship side Dewsbury Rams two weeks ago, but Miller said the signs in training have been “really good”.

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He confirmed: “It has given me chance to free up a little bit. The last few seasons, I have kind of had to take on that role of organising a lot of things that probably didn’t suit my game to a tee.

“Hopefully you will see me run the ball a bit more and not worry about organising things. I can just kind of take a bit of a load off and worry about my own game.”

Miller and Lino’s opportunities to attack will hinge on Trinity’s pack creating space. Big front-rower Dave Fifita is key to that and Miller revealed, after problems with his fitness over the past two seasons, he is looking good in training.

“He has really bought in this pre-season,” the captain said. “Not that he hasn’t before, but you can just tell there’s a bit of something different about Dave. I am hoping he can get back to his best because we need him at his best.”

Saturday’s game is Trinity’s first opportunity to test themselves against elite level opposition. Miller insisted: “We are looking forward to a game, it has been a long pre-season and I think everyone’s ready for some rugby. We’re into the 14th week and I think everyone’s just ready for a competitive match.”

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