Attitude no problem for Wakefield Trinity, insists Joe Westerman

FRUSTRATED Wakefield Trinity loose forward Joe Westerman insists although his side remain winless in 2021 they should not be compared to the team that endured such torrid times last year.

Trinity lost 34-6 against Wigan Warriors on Thursday having fallen 28-20 versus Leeds Rhinos in their Super League opener.

At one point, Chris Chester’s squad lost 10 successive matches last term but Westerman maintains the same questions about attitude cannot be levelled at the current side.

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“That first half against Wigan we were unlucky to go in level at 6-6,” said the former England international.

“We should have been ahead. We were outstanding. I don’t think we were out-enthused in the second period but I think a lack of smarts got us in the end.

“There were a few penalties at their end, tackles in the air, one-on-ones that didn’t come off.

“You can’t question the enthusiasm or the spirit of the team. It’s a totally different team to last year in terms of what we’re doing.

“It was just that lack of smarts. It was nothing to do with the case of ‘they’ve dropped off, that’s Wakefield for you, they do it after 40 minutes...’

OUTSMARTED: Wakefield's Joe Westerman runs into Wigan's Joe Shorrocks and Sam Powell in Thursday night's defeat. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

“There were four decisions that went against us and when they did Wigan scored. So, it’s not doom and gloom from us.”

Wakefield play Catalans Dragons in the Challenge Cup third round next Saturday.

The former Hull FC and Castleford Tigers player said: “We’ve two half-backs who are still learning to play with each other in Mason Lino and Jacob Miller.

“We’ve got a hooker in Jordy Crowther who’s a 13. Once we get Kyle Wood back there I do think we have a team that can really compete. Hopefully, we’ll have him back by Saturday.”

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