WATCH - Another loss hard to take for Wakefield's Chester

WAKEFIELD TRINITY coach Chris Chester made no attempt to hide his dismay after a fifth successive defeat.

Sunday, 8th April 2018, 11:56 pm
Updated Monday, 9th April 2018, 2:51 am

Trinity, who won their opening four games in Betfred Super League, were pipped 28-26 by visitors Leeds Rhinos yesterday, after leading 12-6 at half-time and 20-12 midway through the second half.

The loss came 11 days after an 11-6 reverse against Castleford Tigers and six days on from a last-gasp one-point setback at Hull.

Reflecting on yesterday’s setback, Chester said: “We are frustrated because we could have won.

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Chris Chester

“I felt it was an even contest, but Leeds just managed to get the two points.

“That’s five losses on the bounce now. It’s not a good place to be in, but there’s lots of things we can be positive about.”

He added: “What disappoints us most as staff is we spoke all week about Leeds and what their threats are and we had to make sure we made our one-on-one tackles.

“We didn’t do that, we were soft defensively and that’s disappointing. The effort was great, but we weren’t smart enough.

Brian McDermott

“Our game management wasn’t great, but I am more frustrated with the defensive lapses and one-on-one misses.

“They scored three tries from kicks and we needed to defend them better as well. I am really frustrated, we know we are not a million miles away, but we can’t keep saying the same thing week-in, week-out.”

Rhinos collected five points from their three games in 10 days over the Easter period.

Kallum Watkins’ two tries and four conversions – from five attempts – were crucial in the win at Wakefield and coach Brian McDermott saluted a “big knock” from his captain.

Chris Chester

He said: “He is in good form and he is relishing the role of captain.

“To captain this group you’ve got to have a certain personality and a bit of presence about you and Kallum is doing a great job.”

On the game, McDermott added: “There were so many ebbs and flows, I should imagine it was a good game to watch. I thought it was a really significant win, to build a team’s personality and character and identity.”

Brian McDermott