Wakefield Wildcats loose-forward Danny Washbrook signalled a missed opportunity at 16-0 which led to a Catalan try was a turning point in the 29-22 defeat in the south of France.
Trinity raced into the healthy lead in the first-half through tries from Richard Mathers, Peter Fox and Dean Collis before Catalan came back into the game before eventually pinching the Super League two points.
The loss meant it was consecutive defeats for Richard Agar and his team despite the impressive performances in the last fortnight including the 18-16 defeat to Huddersfield.
Wildcats number 13 Washbrook played a key part in the performance at the Stade Gilbert Brutus and he explains the verdict on the unfortunate loss.
“We started really well, went 16-0 up and scored some really good tries on some stuff we’ve looked at through the week. Then we missed the chance to go 22-0 up and instead they ended up down field making it 16-6 and we let them out of their half a little too easily and they went over again to make it 16-12.
“So it should have been 22-6 maximum and instead it ended up being 16-12 at half-time.
“We lost Andy Raleigh after 10-15 minutes and then Frankie Mariano went off just after half-time so we were a bit down on the troops. (Justin) Poorey and Kyle Amor did a lot of minutes along with Chris Annakin and Kyle Trout so we were a bit low on numbers.
“We just gave away too many penalties and we didn’t take the opportunities we maybe should have done.
“Chris plays exactly the same way he trains and that’s full on, every time he has the ball he wants to run over somebody and every time he makes a tackle he wants to bend them in half. Chris has done really well and a really good job since coming into the team.
“It was Trouty’s first outing of the year after he once again impressed during pre-season and I thought he played well, when he tackles he tries to really hit them.”
Attention has already turned to this Sunday’s clash against Salford at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium after the squad arrived back in the UK on Sunday evening.
The Wildcats will be looking to bounce back at their home ground and produce a third victory of 2013 after beating Hull KR and London last month. The Wakefield back-rower Washbrook says there is lot sto take into Sunday’s fixture.
“There are a lot of positives to take from it. If you want to compare it to last year they beat us pretty convincingly so to go there and be within touching distance of winning the game it shows how far we’ve come and we should have won the game.
“A few things didn’t go our way in terms of energy wise but we did give away too many errors and penalties.
“They have got the new owner and the coach has been sacked so that quite often rejuvenates a team so we’ll be expecting a backlash after their loss at the weekend so we’ll be going into this game knowing we have a tough game ahead of us.
“We go into this game like we go into any, if we do what we do best then we have a chance and that’s what we’ve spoken about all the way through this season. We know we can win games, we just have to give ourselves a chance against Salford like we have in the previous four rounds and make sure the game is under our control and we aren’t looking at things to help us.”
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