Wildcats winger Ben Cockayne believes the new-look squad can learn a lesson from the clinical nature of Leeds Rhinos in the Heatshot Festive Challenge.
The former Hull KR and Featherstone man was one of ten debutants in Richard Agar’s starting 13 on Boxing Day and there was plenty to be positive about for those in the red, white and blue.
Whilst coming out on the wrong end of a 26-10 scoreline, the visitors more than held their own against a more established Leeds side who were simply more clinical when opportunities presented themselves.
Cockayne believes that ruthless edge shown by the Champions is something that will only come with time for the Wildcats.
“Rich touched on it after the game and said that they gave us a lesson in finishing and I think it’s fair to say that they did,” admitted Cockayne.
“When they had their opportunities they took them well and finished them. We probably bombed one or two that we should have scored but that’s the way it goes and we’ll work on it.
“We’ve only had everyone together for about four weeks including Isaac and Timmy (Smith) coming. Things are looking alright and I think things are looking good for us for the future.”
Cockayne earned praise for his performance from his head coach, carrying the ball with the sort of vigour and defending with the commitment that made him a fans favourite at the Robins.
He believes that things can only get better as the squad get more game time together.
“There’s still relationships to be built on the pitch.
“We’ve got two brand new half-backs and a brand new team, so you can talk about your centres and wingers as well.
“Once we get these friendlies out of the way and play together a bit more I think we’ll be alright.”
You can see the full interview with Cockayne on Wildcats TV by clicking HERE or visiting the videos tab on the home page of the Wildcats website.
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