Wakefield Wildcats: McShane on a mission to reverse Wildcats’ slump

Paul McShane.
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CUTTING OUT errors and controlling the ball is key to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats pulling out of their current slump, hooker Paul McShane says.

“You can’t fault our effort, but we need to have a high completion rate and at the minute we haven’t got that,” McShane said following the 44-14 defeat by Huddersfield Giants two days ago, which dumped Wildcats into bottom spot on the First Utility Super League table.

“From 18-0 down we did well to get back in the game and give ourselves a bit of a sniff. We knew we had to fix up some things and we did that. We got back into the game and we got close after that bad start, but our completions were way off and that’s what cost us.”

Injury-hit Wildcats are on a four-game losing streak and face a daunting run of fixtures beginning with a trip to Wigan Warriors on Friday. After that they take on Catalans Dragons at home, visit Leeds Rhinos and have a Belle Vue clash with Warrington Wolves.

“We have got a tough period coming up,” McShane admitted. “What we have got to do is go into those games a bit smarter.

“As a team we are always together and we always try to compete, but we need to be smarter and complete our sets a bit better.”

McShane began the game two days ago on the substitutes’ bench, with Danny Washbrook starting at hooker. Wildcats’ back-up No 9 Pita Godinet was among the players ruled out through injury and McShane suffered a bang to a shoulder, but reckons he will be fit for the game in three days’ time.

“It’s nothing really,” he said. “It was just a little knock, it wore off after a few minutes.”

Coach James Webster will need McShane fully fit and on form if Wildcats are to pull away from the foot of the table. McShane described his performances this year as “all right” and he insisted: “The main thing at the minute is performing well as a team and hopefully I can contribute to that.”

Meanwhile, Webster has ruled out an imminent call-up for former Great Britain star Lee Gilmour, who made 13 appearances for Wildcats on loan from Castleford Tigers last year before becoming a full-time member of Webster’s coaching team.

Webster said: “Lee is not even registered with us to play.

“He has done some training by himself, because we are nowhere near the salary cap should it come to a time when he wants to play. But he is not registered to play with the RFL.

“He has started to train, because he wanted to do that with a view to maybe playing should we get more injuries, but he would be six weeks off playing if he decided to.”

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