WILKES AIMS FOR 80 MINUTE DISPLAY

posted on 22 April 2012

Oliver Wilkes says putting together an 80 minute performance is the priority after the Wildcats held on for victory against Salford City Reds.

Oliver Wilkes was excellent in the Wildcats engine room against Salford.

A dominant first half put Trinity in control and if it hadn’t been for a couple of disallowed tries they would have been further in front.

Salford are renowned for their offloading and expansive play and it was that style that got them back in the game on the back of penalties from the hosts.

Paul Sykes’ two penalties proved decisive though and the Wildcats came away from the game with the most important thing – two Super League points.

And Wilkes says he and his teammates must look to build on that and put together a more complete performance.

“First half we did everything that we wanted to do and everything that we trained to do,” Wilkes said of the victory over the Reds.

“We were a little bit unfortunate not to be even further in front at half-time.  Second half we’ve gone off the boil again.

“Some 50/50 calls didn’t go our way but we gifted a lot of field possession to them and if you’re going to give a team like Salford that with quality half-backs, they’re going to post some points.

“We were lucky to hang in there, a couple of penalties went our way so we got a buffer with the points, but it was a tough old second half and we’re just pleased to get the points.

“To put in a performance like that in the first half is promising but the second half was a bit of a letdown.

“It’s the story of our season that we haven’t strung 80 minutes together.  We were lucky and hopefully the next time we play we can put 80 minutes together.”

Wilkes has made most of his recent appearances from the replacements bench but was on from the start against Salford and was one of the Wildcats best performers, making good metres almost every time he carried the ball.

Richard Agar targeted a much better defensive display when speaking ahead of the game and Wilkes believes the training sessions in the week reaped the rewards in that area.

“The training sessions for the weeks before the Warrington and Catalan games were pretty physical and it keeps everyone on their toes when it’s physical.

“We brought that back this week because you can’t really do it when it’s a busy Easter period.

“As I say, we brought that back this week and it showed in the first half that defence does win games.”

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