Wakefield Wildcats loose forward Danny Washbrook was left thinking what could have been after a dramatic evening at Headingley as Trinity went down 44-40 to the champions.
The game went right down to the wire as Leeds fought off a courageous performance by Richard Agar’s men as 14 tries were shared evenly amongst the teams. A victory for the visitors would have made it just their fifth victory over the Rhinos in the Super League era and they came within a score of doing so.
Washbrook was once again an impressive performer in the red, white and blue but explains the defeat was a tough one to handle.
“I think to go to Headingley, score 40 points and not come away with the win is very disappointing,” he said after the game.
“Three of the tries they scored in the first were the kind of ones where every other game you shut them down but today it cost us.
“If we made those tackles and if we didn’t make a few uncharacteristic mistakes then it is our game but unfortunately it didn’t go that way. These are the kind of teams where you have to stop them scoring because once they get through your line you have seen how fast they are and they put tries away. We know where we have gone wrong and we will try and put that right during the week.”
Just like Trinity’s previous fixture against Hull FC where the side came back from a 20 point deficit, the squads togetherness shone through after coming back from 12-0 to at one stage, leading 30-24 as both teams went blow for blow in an incredible Monday night fixture. The 26-year-old says working for each other has never been an issue.
“We have shown a lot of character over the last two weeks after going behind. I was just disappointed with last night as we let ourselves down in certain areas, the areas we have been good in too.
“There won’t be many teams that go to Headingley and score 40 points, especially in a losing situation. We have to look at the positives throughout the game and work on the little things that we just didn’t do right.
“We know we can attack, it’s just the little things that we usually do well like our goal line defence that has been pretty good and we’ve highlighted our kick-chase and tonight we got caught twice on it.
“I’m sure Rich (Agar) will bring that up on the video where we went wrong. I think sometimes it’s working too hard, not the fact we aren’t working hard enough, but we will look to put it right for Sunday.”
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