Andy Raleigh admits the Wildcats never gave themselves a chance at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium as Wigan ran out 52-10 winners.
Peter Fox gave the hosts a deserved opening score before the table-topping Warriors raced into a commanding lead, heavily assisted by hat-trick hero Sam Tomkins. George Carmont also grabbed himself three tries in the superb display by Shaun Wanes’s men.
Trinity prop Raleigh once again started in the pack which initially helped his team match Wigan but he explains the frustration at not carrying on that same discipline.
“I think we started the game pretty well, we were in the battle with them and when we completed I thought we were more than a match for them. I think we turned the ball over too much and our completion was really down in the first half and even worse in the second half, you don’t give yourself a chance do you, especially against a side like that.
“It is a lesson learnt and we have a week off now and we cannot perform like that, put in those kind of completion rates and expect to compete against any side, let alone against a top side like Wigan. The positives were we had a fair few chances and the first 20 or 30 minutes we were right in the battle but you give yourself a tough job to do when you are doing back to back sets in defence it makes your job really hard,” said Raleigh.
Wakefield have often had to come from behind in recent games due to conceding early points and the Wildcats faithful were encouraged by the quick start by the hosts. The front-rower said getting off to a positive start was a welcome change.
“We knew we had to start really well and sometimes we have gone behind and you are chasing the game before you realise it, and against a side like Wigan you can’t afford to do that so we knew we had to start well.
“We did but, it was sustaining it and completing the sets which we struggled with. They are the simple things but if you don’t do them then you are going to struggle.
“They are a good side, they are clinical which I think I the difference between them and a lot of other sides. You give them a chance at any point, even when the ball hits the deck they have players like Sam Tomkins who can go and score a try out of nothing,” said the 31-year-old.
England full-back Tomkins amassed a total of 24 points in the victory and proved to be a real thorn in the hosts defence with his elusive running style and inventive play. His hat-trick score was a prime example of that after twice chipping over the top and collecting his own kicks. Raleigh was full of praise for the Warriors number one.
“He is very good, there is not much you can do when he is making breaks like he does and you have to be on your metal every time he carries the ball, he is a top player and probably the best player in the competition, you cannot afford to give him plenty of ball like we did. If you go set for set then you do alright but when you turn the ball over they punish you.”
The Wildcats now face two weeks until their next game against the Giants and the former Huddersfield man says taking a loss into such a break is far from perfect.
“No it is not ideal but we have a week off and we have Huddersfield next so we are focusing on that one.
“We have a little bit of time off but we will come back fresh and ready to go again.”
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