No easing up, pledges Trinity chief Webster

Wakefield's Richard Owen in action against Catalan.
Wakefield's Richard Owen in action against Catalan.
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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats coach James Webster says his side have no intention of letting their season quietly run down.

They face a difficult trip to Warrington Wolves tomorrow having seen their recent good form brought to a sudden halt with a sobering defeat in France.

Webster lost for the first time since taking over six games ago as Trinity were outmuscled 40-6.

It realistically ended growing hopes of making the top eight but he insists there will be no easing up with six games to go.

Warrington saw their 10-match winning run ended 
28-14 at Widnes last Friday so Tony Smith’s side, who remain in the running for all three trophies, will be keen to instantly respond.

“Warrington are a great side,” admitted Webster. “They had a small blip at the weekend but some of the tries they conceded were probably against the run of play. You have got to control the ruck against Warrington. They play a lot out of dummy-half and they are a fast team, so we need to improve our physicality from last week to be able to compete.

“But we are looking forward to putting our best foot forward for the last six weeks of this comp’.

“We still want to win games. We still have an outside chance of making the play-offs, but things would have to fall ridiculously well for us for that to happen.”

Wakefield realise they will have to handle Warrington’s pack, including England prop and Man of Steel contender Chris Hill, far better than they managed to contain Catalan.

Webster, though, suggests such a defeat was always likely to occur due to Trinity being emotionally drained following so many exhaustive recent efforts.

“You can’t get yourself up just to play on emotion for six, eight or 10 weeks,” he said. “We knew that was going to come eventually, it was just a case of when.

“We probably weren’t as bad as the scoreboard said but got punished for any mistakes. Catalan played extremely strong. Plenty of teams have got hammered there. It’s no disgrace, we just couldn’t handle their physicality.

“They were too big and too strong for us, we struggled with the heat and it was a tough day.”

Matty Wildie and Jarrod Sammut come into the squad, which includes second-row Matt Ryan, who is set for shoulder surgery next Wednesday.

Webster maintains: “Every game is important – you have to have pride in playing first grade for your club. We won’t be putting teams out that we don’t think can win, but there’s always a bit of method behind what you want to do at this time of year.”