Young centre Lucas Walshaw admitted it was a big challenge for the younger members of the Wildcats squad against an experienced Batley Bulldogs side on Sunday afternoon.
The towering centre crossed the whitewash in the second half, minutes before fellow centre Danny Cowling’s opportunistic effort put the visitors in the ascendency.
But as Head Coach Richard Agar rang the changes, the young Wildcats were unable to hold onto their lead and went down to an 18-14 defeat.
With the result of little significance, the 19-year old said the game was a valuable lesson for the younger members of the squad who have had limited exposure to open-age rugby league.
“It’s a big step playing against a team in the Championship,” said Walshaw.
“It was a tough game and the pitch was a bit boggy but us younger lads need to step up a bit more and play a bit better really.
“We gave away a few penalties – myself included – and we were holding down a bit too much but it’s a learning curve. We need to pick up on that and learn.
“We’ll be straight into training tomorrow, see what we did wrong and improve on it.”
Walshaw has been part of the full-time environment for the first time in this pre-season and has featured in all five of the warm-up matches.
With new arrivals Dean Collis and Vince Mellars set to fill the centre berths, it leaves Walshaw and Cowling biding their time for an opportunity to shine.
“I’ve lost a lot of weight and pre-season has been touch with us going over to France for the training camp,” admitted Walshaw.
“But I’ve improved a lot so hopefully I can get a shirt but I’ve just got to concentrate on improving really.
“Hopefully neither of them pick a knock up because we need them, but if they do I’ll need to be ready to step up to cover them.
“I’m learning a lot from them anyway so it’s good.”
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