Wakefield Wildcats speedster Reece Lyne continued to be a shining light in the pre-season campaign despite the 42-12 defeat at St. Helens this afternoon.
The outside back started the encounter in the left centre position, inside Ben Cockayne and once again proved to be a standout performer. The 20-year-old proved a livewire in an otherwise poor Wildcats display but he preferred to talk about the team.
“It was pretty disappointing to say the least,” said Lyne.
“I think we’re a lot better than we showed there and I think 42-12 was a fair reflection of the game but we know we can do a lot better than that.
“I think we gave away too many soft tries and we will get better so we have to stick together. We need to get back out on the training field and put things right.”
The former Hull FC man appears to have settled into life at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium with ease through his three first team games to date. After scoring three tries in his opening two games he managed to break to Saints line on more than one occasion and looked a real threat but he is thankful to his teammates.
“Personally I think that comes down to the team, the boys have helped me settle in really well. I’m really enjoying been part of this team and it’s a really good club. The set-up is really good, the coaching staff are brilliant and they’ve really helped me settle in so I have to say a big thank you to all them.
“I know Rich from Hull obviously, he brought me through the ranks and I rate him so highly, not only as a coach but a person as well. I have a lot of time for him, as have all the boys because he’s a good man manager.
Despite been handed the number 20 shirt, Lyne has not looked out of place starting games and has in fact been amongst the best performers. He says he is trying his best with the opportunities so far.
“That’s all you can do, I’m training hard and trying to back it up in the games. I’m trying to find a level of consistency, don’t get me wrong I still have loads of things to work on and that’s what I have to do. I need to keep learning and when I get given a chance make sure I take it.
“It’s not about me it’s more about the team performance, I’d much rather talk about that. As a team we have to get on the training field, stick together and put things right that went wrong today.
“I think we need another game because we need to work on a few things and in training it all falls into plan whereas games are the real thing. I think it will do us real good as a team to get another run out.”
The Wildcats travel to face Doncaster next Sunday 27th January, kick-off 3pm and tickets are only available on the gate at the Keepmoat Stadium. Adults will be charged £12, concessions £6, children £2 while under 5s can gain access free of charge.
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