WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats coach James Webster has not been lulled into a false sense of security by Wigan Warriors’ recent intensive schedule.
The busy champions arrive at Belle Vue tomorrow to play their third game in just 10 days, offering Trinity – for all their lowly position – hope they may be able to end their wretched record against the Cherry and Whites.
Wakefield have lost their last 11 meetings with Wigan dating back to 2009 and their last home victory over them was a further two years before that as well.
Shaun Wane’s side had to play Widnes Vikings on Wednesday night, a fixture rescheduled following their involvement in the World Club Challenge in February, but did win 48-4, having also convincingly defeated Castleford Tigers 46-6 the previous Friday.
Webster warned: “There’s no team that’s proven over a long period of time that they are better at backing up. Every year, every team hates Easter, except for Wigan. They seem to really enjoy it and this is just another Easter period for them.
“They’d rather have a longer period to prepare but I think they’ve got the squad and an abundance of young kids who will step up and play outstanding if, for some reason, he (Wane) decides not to play his first-choice 13.”
However, Wakefield are buoyed by last week’s 18-10 win over London Broncos, a victory for Webster in his first game since replacing Richard Agar and one that alleviates any lingering fears about relegation.
“A win always breeds confidence,” he said.
“We did it the hard way in some very tough conditions, but we are obviously pleased we were able to obtain the two points, which was the sole goal before the game.
“We will have to be better with the ball this week, but I thought our defence was pretty good.
“I didn’t think we had any right to be in the game at half-time with the way we held on to position but our defence kept us in there.
“The amount of times we scrambled and chased back to keep ourselves in the game was realistically the reason why we were able to win the game.
“If we had lost touch at half-time, in those conditions it was going to be too tough to claw back some points. But we are under no illusions, playing against the team that won the double last year and have put 40-odd points on teams in the last couple of weeks.”
He recalls Richard Moore and Andy Raleigh with Jarrod Sammut and Matty Wildie dropping out while fit-again Reece Lyne could play his first game since Good Friday.