WAKEFIELD TRINITY head coach Chris Chester felt a crucial refereeing decision cost his side dearly against Hull FC.
They lost out 12-8 when Ben Jones-Bishop dropped Marc Sneyd’s hanging kick to gift Jake Connor a 67th minute try.
However, the Wakefield coach thought his team should have been awarded a penalty moments earlier for a high tackle as they attacked at the other end.
“I thought that was a big turning point,” said Chester.
“Matty Ashurst came off with a concussion. There was a bit of a high shot there. I think it was Alby (Albert Kelly).
“Nothing deliberate but I thought it should have been penalised and there was a big swing.
“We gave a penalty away, and they go up and score off a kick but we do need to defend that kick better.
“We gave Sneyd too much time and failed to pressure.”
Overall, though, he was pleased with his side’s commitment in a game played amid awful weather.
“I think both teams need commending,” added Chester.
“The completion rates of both were up and around 75 per cent and in such atrocious conditions.
“It was a tough game between two physical teams and it was no surprise both tries came off kicks. There wasn’t much between the sides; we’re disappointed to have conceded late on and we just need to be a bit smarter in the ruck.”
It is only the first game of the season but he believes he has already seen improvements on 2016 when they reached the top-eight.
“I’ve learned a lot about my players today,” added Chester.
“This time last year that would have been a 20 or 30-point defeat once we went behind. But they had it in them to grind it out and had a good mentality. We just came up a little bit short but I’m happy with the performance.”