COACH CHRIS Chester was proud of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ effort in their first defeat since he officially took charge.
Hull’s 46-28 victory at Belle Vue yesterday ended Wildcats’ five-game winning run. Wakefield trailed 24-6 midway through the first half, but hit back to lead early in the second before the visitors took control.
“They blew us off the park that first 20 minutes,” Chester said.
“We showed a lot of character to get back in the game and I thought effort-wise, we were brilliant.
“They put us under a lot of pressure, but we kept turning up for each other. I am proud of the boys.
“It has been a great journey we have been on, but we know we have got to put a few things right for Friday at Widnes.”
Wakefield scored four first-half tries, but Chester was disappointed with their attacking display after the break.
“We lacked any real patience and we tried to force our passes,” he said.
“We are a team that has got to complete high. It was 93 per cent in the first half and 60 per cent in the second.
“Hull were the better team, but we will learn from it and hopefully come back strong on Friday.”
Wildcats lost Anthony Tupou with a facial injury in the first half and Reece Lyne suffered a hamstring problem early in the second.
“It doesn’t look too good for Reece,” Chester said.
“He tore his hamstring. He has had a few problems over recent years with his hammy and he will get scanned early the week.
“But it gives another opportunity to players in the squad. Craig Hall will be disappointed to have been left out, so he has got a fantastic opportunity to show me what he has got.”
Of Tupou, Chester added: “Toops has had about 15 stitches in the inside of his mouth and he will be going for an x-ray as well.
“How the referee doesn’t see that shot around his face is beyond me.
“We had another one with Mika Simon and we will let the match review people do their job this week.”