Wakefield Trinity: Squad have benefited from ‘break’- Chester

Chris Chester
Chris Chester
Have your say

A WEEK without a game has been good for Wakefield Trinity, coach Chris Chester says.

Trinity, who have not played since a 14-12 win over Salford Red Devils 11 days ago, return to Betfred Super League action on Saturday when they visit Catalans Dragons.

Wakefield are aiming for a third successive win and will be facing a team who have lost three their Super League games so far, including a 23-4 drubbing at Hull KR last weekend.

“We trained well last week,” Chester reported. We gave the boys Sunday and Monday off and we’re back in [today].

“We’ve been able to get plenty of work into them, but some of the boys who’ve been struggling with injuries have been able to get off their feet for a few days so it has been good having this time off.”

Chester confirmed Trinity have a clean bill of health, other than hooker Tyler Randell.

He suffered a knee injury in the Boxing Day loss to Leeds Rhinos and has yet to play this season, but the coach confirmed: “We are expecting him back by round six.

“We have got to be happy with the squad we’ve got to choose from. We also had a reserve grade game against Halifax last week and with not having a Super League game that fell at a really good time.”

Trinity have things to work on from the Salford game, Chester admitted.

He said: “Defensively Salford were very good and they picked a really big team and we struggled for the majority of the second half just containing their middles. We weren’t great, but maybe it’s a sign of a good side when you have still got another two or three gears to go through, but you pick up results.”

RFL director of rugby, Kevin Sinfield. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Rugby League: ‘Joined-up thinking’ is key says Sinfield as England plan for life after head coach Bennett

Kallum Watkins in action against Castleford in pre-season.

Peter Smith: Turning a novelty into a habit is rugby league’s long-term task