THE DEVIL is in the details for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, prop Nick Scruton says.
The 24-18 loss at Salford Red Devils two days ago was Wildcats’ third successive defeat and Scruton reckons the “finer details” of the game are letting them down.
Scruton said: “Nobody’s questioning our effort, that has always been there – apart from the Widnes game. We got beaten for effort in that game, but every other game we’ve played we’ve not been beaten for effort, we’ve just been beaten for smarts and the finer details on plays. Until we get that right we are probably going to come up six or 12 points short on every game, because we’re not quite there. We are down on numbers and people are having to play out of position and play longer minutes than they should do, but it’s no excuse really.
“We turn up for training every week and train hard, but those little one per centers are just letting us down.”
The former Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls front-rower is confident Wakefield can turn things around if they smarten up.
“We are really putting the effort in, some people are absolutely busting themselves out there,” he added.
“It is just smarts, throwing the pass at the right time, – keeping hold when you should be passing and passing when you should be keeping hold.
“Those little things are letting us down at the minute.
“It is frustrating because we know when we put a proper 80-minute performance together we are going to put a side to the sword.
“We are not a million miles away.”
Wildcats have a mounting injury list and Scruton admitted: “That doesn’t help.
“We said at the start of the season, with our best team, if we play well, we are going to defeat anybody.
“When we are struggling with injuries it makes it hard.
“But I’m still confident we can put a squad together that can go out on Sunday and beat Huddersfield.
“We are going to look forward to that now.
“We can’t get too down, because the main thing’s the effort. When you get beaten for effort that’s when you start questioning yourself as a team.
“As long as that effort’s there we can work on the finer details in training.”
Scruton added: “You can’t put effort into a side.
“If that’s not there then you are struggling.
“We can work hard in training and put the little things right.
“So we’ll go out confident this weekend, absolutely no doubt about that.
“We are back at home and 100 per cent confident we can get the result.”