SMITH TAKES POSITIVES IN DEFEAT

posted on 24 February 2013

Wildcats centre Lee Smith says the team must take the positives from their game against Huddersfield despite the narrow 18-16 defeat.

Lee Smith had a last minute winning try ruled out for a forward pass.

It was a close game throughout the 80 minutes and the Giants had winger Jermaine McGillvray to thank after his hat-trick helped them to victory.

Controversy marred the end of the game though as Smith latched on to a pass from name sake Tim to seemingly score the winning try. However, referee Richard Silverwood said the pass was forward and the former Leeds man thought the decision was harsh.

“It all happened so quickly, it was very harsh and personally I don’t think it was forward, but you win some you lose some.

“We have got to take some positives out of that, they’re top of the league and been going really well and beat some real good sides. They’ve beaten Saints away and they beat Wigan so to take them right to the death and probably should have won.

“I knocked on over the line in the first half, we should have really taken the two points there but we have got to take the positives from that.”

The Giants came into this game top of the table after winning all three of their matches so far, the best of which was a thrilling 40-4 win at St Helens.

The physicality of the Giants is something the sides they have faced so far have struggled to match, but Smith feels the Wakefield forwards more than matched their opponents today and it’s something they can build on for next week.

“Huddersfield came here with a really big pack, they’re a big side and I thought our forwards did a tremendous job.

“It’s tough out there when you’re up against all them big lads and it doesn’t get any easier because we have to recover tomorrow and then we go off to Catalan who are another big side, so it’s thick and fast and we’re looking forward to it.”

While the experienced back has been absent from the Wildcats team new signing Reece Lyne has filled in and done an excellent job, but injury to him meant Smith went straight back into the side today.

The former Grand Final winner scored and created a try in his first game of the season but still feels there are areas to improve on in the coming weeks.

“I did okay, I thought I was a bit scratchy but it’s my first game back which is understandable. I took a blow on my knee which gave me a dead leg in the first half which I was trying to shrug off all game.

“I’m pretty pleased, there are obviously areas to work on but on the whole I’m just pleased to get a game under my belt.”

You can listen to Smith’s full interview HERE via the clubs Sound Cloud account.

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