Wakefield 30 Leigh 36: Webster cuts a dejected figure after shock cup exit

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Under-pressure coach James Webster was a dejected figure in his press conference following Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ Ladbrokes Challenge Cup loss to Leigh Centurions.

Wildcats led 24-6 at the break, but were out-scored 30-6 in the second half as the Kingstone Press Championship leaders beat Super League opposition for the second successive round.

James Webster.

James Webster.

Wakefield have won just three times in all competitions this year – their opening two league fixtures and a Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against Halifax – and are seven points adrift at the foot of the table.

Webster said before the game that a win could get his side’s season back on track and they looked well on course early on, but the coach admitted: “We threw it away.

“In saying that, they had 24 sets in the second half and we had nine. It started from the second play of the second half when we missed a tackle on a front-rower and he runs 60-odd metres.

“We didn’t touch the ball for ages and it just sums up our season. If you put any pressure on Wakefield they will crumble and eventually we did.”

Wildcats were the better team in the first half, scoring four tries to one.

“It’s easy to front-run, isn’t it,” Webster said. “It’s easy when you’ve got some ball and some field position and things are going your way, like it did in the first half.

“How you find out about people and teams is what happens when you are under pressure. It’s typical us, we just fall in a heap – if you put two or three sets on our line you know you’re going to get some points.

“It has been concerning for 10-12 weeks. Today, on a bigger stage, just showed what’s been happening for 12 weeks.”

Webster insisted he wants to remain in charge, but he added: “We’ll see what happens. We’re a team that’s just not able to compete with other teams, whether it be through ability or some attitude and some people probably not wanting to fulfil all their commitments. We need to sort that out and we need to make a decision what we’re going to do.”

Webster added: “We’ve got no money to spend. I’ve tried to off-load some people, but nobody wants them so we’re not really able to change our squad.”