Wakefield Trinity coach blames errors and inconsistency after Coral Challenge Cup loss to Catalans Dragons

There was no questioning Wakefield Trinity’s effort, but coach Chris Chester admitted his side let themselves down at crucial times in their 36-24 Coral Challenge Cup sixth round defeat by Catalans Dragons.

Saturday, 22nd August 2020, 7:23 pm
Updated Saturday, 22nd August 2020, 7:28 pm
Chris Chester, right, at John Smith's Stadium. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Chester had demanded a reaction following a 58-0 loss to the same opposition in Betfred Super League a week earlier.

He got that, with his side still in the contest late in the final quarter, but Trinity’s good spells were not long or frequent enough.

“I was satisfied with the response, but obviously not with the result,” Chester admitted following the BBC-televised tie at Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium.

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Trinity's David Fifita takes on Ben Garcia of Catalans in torrential rain during the Challenge Cup sixth round tie.

“I genuinely thought we could come here and get a result, get a win.

“It has not happened so we are all extremely disappointed, but I certainly wouldn’t question the players’ attitude and effort this week.”

Trinity hit back from 12-0 behind with a converted try 10 minutes before the break, but went in at half-time 20-6 down.

They rallied again at the start of the second period, but a spell of three Catalans tries in six minutes ended their hopes of a quarter-final place.

Max Jowitt and Jay Pitts touched down simultaneously for Trinity's second try. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Chester said: “They had a couple of 10-minute periods, the last 10 minutes of the first half and then a period in the second when we just came up with a few errors and some ill-discipline.

“We need to be more resilient, certainly on our tryline.

“We are a good footy side when we play for 80 minutes, but we’ve just got the inconsistency at the moment.

“We are playing well for parts of the game, but we just take our foot off the gas or come up with some poor errors.”

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