Wildcats captain Danny Kirmond says they cannot get downhearted after being knocked out of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup on Friday night.
Wakefield were beaten 24-6 by Hull FC in a close encounter where the hosts defended their line superbly. Ali Lauitiiti was the sole scorer at the KC Stadium with head coach Richard Agar admitting the best side won on the night.
Although Trinity’s cup campaign is over they remain in a solid position in the league table at the mid-point in the Super League season and are set to launch an attack on the play-off places.
Kirmond was proud of his side’s efforts after the game and said a ten minute spell at Hull was a crucial factor.
“They defended really well first and foremost,” admitted the back-rower.
“We threw a lot at them, especially in that second half. First half we didn’t really control the ball too much but it was a topsy turvy half and they had a good ten minute spell where they put us to the sword a little bit with three quick tries which in the end really told in the game.
“If you take that 10 minutes out of it in the first-half it’s a really even game. Anyone watching the game would have seen it that way, it was tight all the way and an entertaining game to watch and probably the fastest game I’ve played in this season.
“Second-half you can’t question the boys effort, everyone dug in and I think everyone will be able to see how much the knockout competition meant to the boys. We threw a lot of stuff at them and full credit to them, on their day they are justified to go through because they defended their line really well.
“We have to learn which we will do, last year we went out against Leeds and it was a bit of a catalyst and a turning point in the season. We’re devastated to go out and this meant a lot to us this year did the Challenge Cup.
“Personally it’s a competition that I absolutely love and I have a little bit of history in the cup and always want to do well, unfortunately for us we’ve not done that this year but it gives us a great chance to look at the league now and push on from this.”
The Wildcats were backed by a large following in West Hull who supported their team throughout the 80 minutes and the proud skipper was full of praise for the red, white and blue army.
“It was a really good number that was there and to be fair the noise they were making when I turned around I expected to see a lot more there, they were really loud.
“Full credit to them on a Friday night and it’s not a season ticket game, you have to pay for your tickets and it really does mean a lot to the boys and we’re putting our effort in week-in, week-out and it only helps us, it really does.
“I know it’s a bit of a cliché but the fans can be the 14th man on the field, they can help us and they’re doing really well this year but we are just upset we couldn’t get the win for them.”
Trinity are just two points off the play-off places and will leap into ninth position if they beat Hull KR next Sunday in a crunch tie and Kirmond says they cannot dwell on the cup defeat.
“We are in good form and we’re in a good spot, we know that. We’re not getting too downhearted, we are devastated we are out of the cup but you have to look forward and the league competition is really important to us. Last year we finished in eight spot and it’s something we have to try our best to back up.
“We are on the back of two wins in the league and we’ve got a tricky game against Hull KR next but it’s another winnable game and then Castleford in another local derby at the Magic Weekend which is another big stage for us to perform at so we are looking onwards and upwards and looking forward to the coming weeks.”
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Make sure you support the Wildcats next week as they are on their travels once again to Hull in a crucial game in the league table.
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