HIS 200th career game turned out to be a sweet one for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats forward Danny Washbrook, but because of the result, not the opposition.
Washbrook played 134 times for Hull from 2006-2010 before joining Wakefield and returned to his former club for his double century two days ago, helping set up a couple of tries as Wildcats battled back from 16-0 down to seal a priceless 23-16 success.
“It was my 200th game and it was nice to get the win, but it was pleasing more because we needed it,” Washbrook insisted. “Hopefully it will be a turning point. We have got to concentrate on the things we did wrong in Sunday’s game and on putting them right.
“We did a lot of things right, but there will always be stuff we’ve done wrong and we have got to sort that out. It is a short turnaround this week, we have got to go to Widnes on Friday and they are going to be very confident after the way they have been playing. They have had some good wins and they are at home so we have got to make sure we are on our game and training this week is really intense.”
Ten minutes into the second half, when Hull scored their third unanswered try, Wakefield looked to be heading for a seventh consecutive loss in all competitions and one which – with Bradford Bulls beating Warrington Wolves – would have pushed them deeper into a relegation dogfight.
But Washbrook claimed: “We still knew we were in the game. It didn’t look like we were 16 points behind – it wasn’t a 16-0 sort of game. We probably conceded a couple of soft tries, but we thought there was nothing in the game. Both teams were going hammer and tongs at each other, both making similar sorts of errors and completing at similar sorts of rates. It was a close game, but it didn’t look it on the scoreboard. We knew we could fight back.”
Even so, Wildcats showed tremendous spirit to rally and win by two clear scores, racking up all their points in the final 25 minutes. Washbrook added: “We knew it was going to be tough going to Hull. It always is and not many teams go there and get the win. We were lucky enough to go there and get a win last year and we’ve done it again this season, so we’re really happy. I think we have been piecing little bits together in games recently and on Sunday we probably put it together for a bigger portion of the game.”
Bulls’ shock victory over last year’s beaten Grand Finalists Warrington ended a run of seven successive league defeats. It also wiped out their pre-season points deduction – a punishment for entering administration – and lifted them off the foot of the table, though Wildcats’ win means there’s still a six-point gap between Bradford and Wakefield.
“We are just concentrating on ourselves,” Washbrook stressed. “If we do the right things and we get the right sort of performances, then we will look after ourselves. We scored some good tries on Sunday and we know we have got the skill on attack.
“Sometimes it’s just a case of putting it together. We knew that was going to be the case because we’ve pretty much got a new one-six-seven working together. It was always going to be like that, but I think we have shown a lot more desire in defence recently.
“We need to take some positives from the fact Hull didn’t break us on the edge, it was just the odd missed tackle here and there.
“We’ve really tried to tighten up on those missed tackles and things like that.”