COCKAYNE: WE WERE SPURRED ON AFTER LAST YEAR’S DEFEAT

posted on 17 February 2013

Super League’s joint top try scorer Ben Cockayne says there is plenty of room for improvement after beating London 28-0 at the Stoop.

Ben Cockayne scored a brace at the Stoop.

The winger grabbed a brace against the Broncos, both set-up by the in-form Reece Lyne as the Wildcats stormed to victory. Richard Agar’s men now sit in sixth position in the early league table after gaining consecutive victories.

After scoring a hat-trick in the home win over his former club Hull KR, the number five now has five tries to his name in 2013.

The two points Cockayne & co. will take back to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium has gone some way to making amends for the 36-0 defeat in South West London in March last year. The man himself admits that is something they had talked about, even during the match.

“We actually spoke about that briefly at half-time between the players,” said Cockayne.

“We said remember what happened to us last, let’s do it to them and we were still talking about that in last couple of minutes and we managed to keep them to zero which was very pleasing.”

Despite the dominant victory, Cockayne admitted there are improvments to be made.

“A few areas that we’re disappointed in. To keep a team like London to nil, coming down here I think it’s a massive achievement for us.

“First half was a real good arm wrestle, I know we got a quick try but it was a good contest, tit for tat with both teams completing reasonably well. We spoke at half-time about if we keep completing then we’d be in with a great chance of taking the points home.

“There were a few chances we didn’t put away and Richard Mathers has quite rightly had a word with me because I didn’t pass to him and I’ll have a bit of grief about that. There was a bit of frustration but nothing major.”

Cockayne was quick to point out Lyne’s importance after the youngster made both assists for him and he says he is a big player for the Wildcats while helping him on the try scoring charts.

“Reece has been unbelievable, he’s just got this freakish natural ability that he has to beat players and lucky for me I’ve been able to be on the end of them a couple of times.

“I’m pleased but I’ve just been in the right places at the right times, today I dropped it over the line which was pathetic and I should have put Richard Mathers away for so there’s still areas I need to improve on, as do the rest of the team but to come here and nil London was a great effort.”

A full interview with Cockayne will be on Wildcats TV in the morning where he looks back on the victory in more detail.

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