Wakefield Wildcats: Slight improvement could be hugely significant says Smith

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BOSS BRIAN Smith reckons Wakefield Trinity Wildcats need to improve to beat Widnes Vikings tomorrow, but not by much.

Wildcats have lost twice to Super League opposition in the First Utility Qualifiers, but won both of their games against Kingstone Press Championship opposition. They face top-flight rivals for the final time tomorrow when Widnes Vikings visit Belle Vue and Smith feels, with some better finishing, Wakefield could have been on maximum points.

“I reckon we have been pretty good in terms of our defence,” said Smith. “For five games in a row we have been extremely competitive, including at Huddersfield [in the final game of the regular season].

“We need to continue that sort of defence – and improve it a little – and certainly improve our attack.

“We have got to be prepared to take our opportunities when they come.”

Wasted chances were what sank Wildcats in last Sunday’s 20-18 defeat at Hull KR, according to Smith.

“It was a missed opportunity,” said the coach, whose team led 12-0 early in the game. Even more so than the game at Salford, which we should have won as well. We missed some opportunities through not combining well and we had enough opportunities to get the job done.

“There was so much good in the game, so many good defensive plays.

He added: “Both teams had the same amount of possession, but they scored off our errors.”

Widnes won 56-12 away to Bradford Bulls last weekend and Smith said the Vikings’ effort at Odsal was similar to Wildcats’ in their 48-18 drubbing of the same opposition last month.

“If they repeat their performance from last week we will certainly be in for a battle,” Smith admitted.

“If both teams play like they did against Bradford, it will be a heck of a game.”