Wakefield Trinity: Chester hoping for a helping hand from rivals Castleford

Chris Chester consoles his players at Hull FC.
Chris Chester consoles his players at Hull FC.
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EVERYONE ASSOCIATED with Wakefield Trinity will be supporting neighbours and bitter rivals Castleford Tigers this weekend.

Trinity’s hopes of qualifying for the Betfred Super-8s play-offs rest on Tigers beating Wigan Warriors tomorrow.

If Wigan win they will join Hull three points clear of Wakefield with one game remaining before the semi-finals.

But Trinity play Wigan at Beaumont Legal Stadium, Belle Vue, a week today and a Castleford win tomorrow could set up a decider for fourth place – though St Helens are also in the running.

“There’s still a lot to play for,” Chester said. “I know we are relying on Castleford, but we’ve got Wigan at home and we want to finish the season on a high. We will be doing everything we can to make sure we do that.”

Trinity suffered an agonising 19-18 loss at Hull two days ago, a week after being pipped 18-16 by Saints.

“It was a bit of deja vu,” Chester admitted. “We’ve lost it on the bell two weeks running.

“I thought we committed suicide in that second half – I think Hull made one mistake in the whole of that second half and we completed at 60-62 per cent.

“That’s what play-off football is all about, ball control and kicking the ball really well.

“We did that in the first half, but not in the second.”

Whatever happens over the next two weekends, Chester believes Trinity have made huge progress and will be better for it next season.

“I have said to the boys I am really proud of what we’ve done this year as a group,” he said.

“We will learn from these experiences over the last few weeks.

“We are a young group and we are pretty inexperienced compared to Hull FC.

“They have learned from their losses last year in the play-offs and hopefully we can learn some lessons.

“It is not all doom and gloom.

“We are all disappointed and we are hurting, but we’ve got to be proud of what we’ve achieved this season.

“We’ve continually been written off in the press and tv and we’ve kept finding a way to win games.

“Although we came up short [on Thursday], I am still very proud of the group. It is a credit to them that we are in this position.”