Wildcats skipper Danny Kirmond cut a proud figure at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium this afternoon as he almost led his side to a stunning victory over Wigan before the visitors won 36-23.
The Warriors burst into a 10-0 lead before Wakefield took control of the score board for the majority of the game which was helped by a brace of tries for Kirmond in a much improved team performance.
Trinity were reeling after last week’s showing at the Magic Weekend but it didn’t take the players long to put that right with a gutsy performance against Wigan who won their last 11 matches going into the game.
The red, white and blue faithful gave their players a terrific ovation after the full-time hooter but Captain Kirmo was still disappointed they couldn’t hold on for a shock victory.
“We could have got the win, we were a little bit done towards the end of the game and in the second half we robbed ourselves of possession a little bit.
“That put us under pressure towards the end of the game which Wigan took advantage with as they scored a couple of tries towards the end of the game. As far as effort goes when last week we were really disappointed with our performance and I’m sure everyone else was it’s a great response against a top of the league team.
“That shows the character we’ve got, we’ve had a couple of really tough weeks where we’ve not performed to the best of our ability and not done ourselves any justice.
“Today we started pretty poorly against Wigan who are a team who can throw a lot of points on teams and they have done on regular occasions scoring 50 or 60 points. For them to score 10 in the opening couple of minutes was pretty worrying but we knew if we stuck by our system and what we worked on all week that we’d come through that dark patch and we took the lead and looked good for that lead at half time.
“We put in a good performance but we’ve still got to be disappointed to not get the win and the two points, you can’t be happy with losing but we are happy with the improvement of the effort and the improvement in the attitude that we’ve shown today.”
The second-rower was one of the most outstanding performers on the pitch which was highlighted by his two tries but he says he would have traded those two moments in for two Super League points.
“It’s always nice to get over the line, especially in front of our home fans and as captain which is something I’m really proud of.
“Every time I score here and every time I play here and lead the boys out it’s a massive honour for me, it really is. I love the captaincy and I love getting over the line but I would have swapped those two tries for a win any day of the week.”
Kirmond was forced to leave the field with just over 10 minutes remaining after bravely continuing but he says there isn’t too much to worry about in regards to featuring away at Salford.
“I’ve just rolled my ankle, it’s nothing too serious. We’ve got a big turnaround with us not playing until Monday next week so I should be fine. I’m just a little bit sore more than anything, I tried to carry on but I couldn’t run on it, I’ll be fine for next week.”
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Captain Kirmo is confident he’ll be leading out the side in the Wildcats first ever trip to the Salford City Stadium and make sure you are there to witness it by purchasing your tickets for the vital clash.
Tickets are priced at £20 adults, £15 concessions and just £10 for juniors and they can be bought from the Stadium Box Office, Ridings Centre store or by calling 01924 211611.
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