DEFENSIVE EFFORT A POSITIVE FOR MATHERS

posted on 4 March 2012

Full-back Richard Mathers said the Wildcats tenacious defensive effort was a major positive to take from a narrow defeat to Hull FC.

Richard Mathers praised the Wildcats defensive effort against Hull FC.

Trinity spent large parts of the game repelling Hull FC attacks and although losing the battle for territory and possession the defensive line rarely looked stretched against the black and whites.

In the end the visitors simply ran out of time to complete a spirited late fightback which began with tries for Ben Cockayne and Kyle Wood.

“The game’s 80 minutes and we shouldn’t have to rely on the game being 85 minutes,” was Mathers’ honest assessment of the Wildcats late surge for the two points.

“We certainly had some opportunities there in the final few minutes to get the win.

“I thought the tenacity in our defence got us back in the game.  The first half we were camped in our own half and we made some poor errors and our kicking game wasn’t up to scratch.

“To be fourteen points down and fight back shows great character to get it back to 14-10 and the boys are absolutely gutted at the end not to get the win.

“But on the balance of the game, I think if we could have got out of our own end in the first half with the ease we did in the second half, then we could have capitalised.

“I don’t think our defence looked too troubled whatsoever.  There was one kick try in there so you’ve got to take great heart in that and I think the overall spirit and tenacity in the group to hold them out, particularly in the second half was something we need to build on.”

Tryscorer Wood revealed in the week that Head Coach Richard Agar had given the team a ‘kick up the backside’ after defeat to Bradford Bulls, and Mathers thought the response was there for all to see.

“We’ve got to take the positives out of it.  It is another two points missed but we can’t get too doom and gloom.

“I think you’ve got to take the response from last week and I thought our forwards really responded to what has been a tough week for them in particular, against an international pack and controlled large parts of the game, particularly the second half.

“We just need to work on executing them plays and getting over the try line a little bit more.”

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