YESTERDAY’S 58-16 ROUT at Widnes Vikings was described as disgraceful by shocked Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach James Webster.
It was Wakefield’s first defeat of the season, their first loss on Widnes’ artificial i-pitch and ended a run of eight successive victories against the Vikings, dating back 10 years..
Wakefield, who trailed 24-4 at the break, conceded 10 tries in all, four of them scored by hooker Lloyd White.
Webster admitted he had to choose his words carefully, when asked to sum up his team’s performance.
“It was disgraceful really, not of the standard of a first grade rugby league team by a long way,” Webster admitted.
“We were out-fought and out-muscled throughout the course of the game.There was only one team playing.”
Webster added: “I could see it coming after the first set, but not coming into the game.
“We prepared all right. We had a few injuries going into the game, but we weren’t much different from any other week.
“We failed to turn up and meet the challenge against a good team.”
Webster said at half-time he still believed Wakefield could get something from the game.
“I thought if we could compete for the first 10-15 minutes of the second half and score first, you never know.
“But Widnes had 16 more sets than us and we made 18 errors with the ball in the game. That’s 100 tackles.
“You can’t expect to be competitive, let alone expect to win the game, when you are making 100 more tackles than the opposition.
“I have got no excuses, we got what we deserved, well and truly.”
Webster said he is confident Wildcats – who play host to champions St Helens on Friday – can bounce back.
“Some other teams got smashed last year and came back,” he said.
“It is concerning for this week, but we need to dust ourselves off and find a way to compete harder against the best team in the competition next week.”
To rub salt into Wildcats’ wounds, prop Scott Anderson suffered a knee injury just moments after coming off the bench. Webster said he will undergo a scan, but could be out for “a couple of months”.