Wakefield Wildcats: Improving Cats are looking up not down

James Webster.
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IMPROVING WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats’ latest victory under coach James Webster has revived their top-eight dream.

Former Castleford Tigers winger Richard Owen scored a last-gasp try to seal a 16-14 win over Leeds Rhinos three days ago.

A fourth game without defeat means Wildcats are 11th in First Utility Super League.

Fears of relegation have been virtually extinguished and Webster’s side are now within touching distance of the play-off positions.

Wakefield won their final seven games in 2012 to storm into eighth spot, but Owen insisted a repeat of that feat is not something they are focusing on.

“We’re not looking at that,” Owen said of Wildcats’ top-eight prospects.

“We’re just looking at each week as it comes and getting a few wins under our belts and hopefully we get up there.”

Leeds looked to be heading for victory until Owen crossed in the quarter with a couple of minutes left.

“We did it tough,” he admitted. “A win’s a win against Leeds and it’s what we needed. I think we were in the game for the whole 80 minutes and just knocked off at a few bits with a few tries and a few mistakes from myself but that’s how it goes.

“We just held in there and got the win in the end.”

Leeds were caught on blindside plays twice, to the dismay of their coach Brian McDermott.

Owen took advantage to score his winner, but he said: “It was one of those where we got a quick play-the-ball and it just happened. It was just pot luck really.”

Owen said he is enjoying life at Wildcats, where he could take up a long-term deal next year.

“It’s good,” he reflected. “That was my second try and every one’s good to score. I’m enjoying myself here and the boys are good so it’s great.”

Wakefield have yet to lose since Webster took over as coach from Richard Agar last month.

“He knows his stuff,” Owen said of the new boss. “We get behind him, do all the little things right and we’re getting there. We are getting the results.”

Meanwhile, Wildcats’ under-19s made it a double with a 28-10 success at Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Leeds-born winger Tom Johnstone scored a brace of tries, Scott Lee, Jack Walton and Bradley Moules also crossed and Max Jowitt landed four goals. Dan Tai scored both Rhinos’ tries and Joe Sanderson converted one.

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

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