Salford v Wakefield Trinity: Webster says attitude is key against Devils

Wakefield player Matty Ashurst. (Picture: Simon Hulme)
Wakefield player Matty Ashurst. (Picture: Simon Hulme)
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WAKEFIELD TRINITY Wildcats head coach James Webster does not need anyone to tell him about the threat Salford Red Devils pose to his side.

They head there tomorrow looking to deliver a first win in three games against opponents that have started to pick up form.

The clip of an amazing assist by Rangi Chase that set up Josh Griffin in Salford’s recent win over Hull FC went viral, such was its brilliance, more than 1m people viewing it online.

Australia coach Tim Sheens has also come in to assist Iestyn Harris of late and the Red Devils forced a remarkable 40-40 draw in Perpignan a week ago.

“We think we can beat all teams, but we know we need to be at our best because they are a really good side,” said Webster, whose own side have failed to build on opening victories against Castleford and Hull KR.

“Attacking-wise, they have got so much strike in them.

“On offense, they are strong and aggressive, so we have got to deal with that.

“We will have to defend well and if we do that we’ll give ourselves a chance. If not, it could be a long afternoon.

“Every week is tough. We have to compete hard and handle it physically.

“If we can turn up and work hard and be high on effort, we will be in with a chance – then we need to be good enough skill-wise. But the first step is to make sure we turn up with the right attitude.”

That was certainly there last week when they pushed champions St Helens close before going down 20-6, a vast improvement on the previous 58-16 debacle at Widnes.

Webster added: “The effort was pleasing and we gave it a real good go.

“If we had been more clinical with some things, we could easily have won the game.

“We just weren’t good enough in certain aspects, though Saints did defend really well.”

Wildcats’ injury problems are mounting, with former Salford second-row Matty Ashurst ruled out due to a recurrence of a groin problem.

Jordan Crowther, 18, comes in and could make his second first-team appearance, having debuted against Wigan Warriors last May.

Meanwhile, Webster is baffled where speculation that Hull KR’s former Leeds Rhinos prop Ryan Bailey is on his way to Belle Vue has come from.

The coach said: “We have got zero money. There is no movement that I am aware of and I’ve not been in contact with him.”