Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester bemoans inconsistency

WAKEFIELD Trinity boss Chris Chester had mixed feelings after seeing his side exit the Coral Challenge Cup against Catalans Dragons.

Wakefield Trinity youngster Jack Croft against Catalans Dragons (PIC: JONATHAN GAWTHORPE)
Wakefield Trinity youngster Jack Croft against Catalans Dragons (PIC: JONATHAN GAWTHORPE)

Although there was a vast improvement on last week, when they lost 58-0 against the same opponents in Super League, they still fell short after a couple of costly periods in the sixth round tie at Huddersfield.

Chester said: “I was satisfied with the response, just not the result.

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“I genuinely thought we’d come here and get the win so we are all disappointed but I certainly can’t question their attitude this week.

“Catalans had a couple of 10 minute periods - the last 10 of the first half and a period in the second - where we came up with errors and ill-discipline.

“We conceded back-to-back tries and we need to be tougher and more resilient on our own tryline.

“We’ve just got that inconsistency at the minute - we play well for bits but then switch off - while their kicking game also caused us problems.”

Jay Pitts scored his second try to see Trinity trail just 20-12 before the second-row was yellow-carded in the 55th minute for running in on Michael McIllorum, the Catalans hooker who was also yellow carded.

The French side took control in that period, scoring three tries while both sides were down to 12 men, before Wakefield finished strongly with Tini Arona and Jacob Miller scores.

Pitts ended up with a bloodied head following the incident but Chester said: “I didn’t really see it to be honest.

“I just saw him running in. I didn't have any replays where I was sat.

“It’s very unlike Pittsy running in and on the flip side there’s been a little bit of niggle between the teams these last couple of weeks so I’m proud of for sticking up for his team-mates.”

Trinity were missing a raft of injured players as well as suspended England centre Reece Lyne and Cup-tied Liam Kay.

On-loan Huddersfield Giants winger Innes Senior, 20, came in and Chester said: “I thought he had a real good debut.

“He’s a big, physical kid. He carried well and quickly got a good understanding on that left edge.”