posted on 9 July 2013

Wakefield winger Ben Cockayne was full of praise for his team’s hard work in the 24-14 win over Widnes despite a below par performance.

Ben Cockayne praised the Wildcat desire to work hard for each other.

The former Hull KR man played a big part in the victory causing the Vikings’ defence all sorts of problems while also setting up two vital second-half tries for Frankie Mariano and Matty Wildie.

In a scrappy game both sides were guilty of numerous errors but the 29-year-old believes the team should still be proud of their effort even if they didn’t put in a top quality display.

“It was an awful performance I think from both teams, anybody watching who knows anything about rugby league knows that was a poor game but to come away with the two points it’s a bonus for us and we’re still in the hunt for the top eight so it’s good.

“We came up with some last ditch tackles, Foxy came up with one and Richard Mathers also came up with one so it just shows what spirit we’ve got and what kind of effort we are willing to put in, it was a good effort but a poor performance.”

The game saw a number of key players such as Ali Lauitiiti, Danny Kirmond and Cockayne himself really stand up to be counted but Trinity’s number 5 paid special tribute to Frankie Mariano who reverted to the centres following an injury to Dean Collis.

“I think Frankie carried the ball awesome tonight and he showed what a handful he can be when he’s on his game so credit to him, he got himself a try and made some nice line breaks.”

Wakefield’s next game now isn’t for ten days as they take a week off because of the Challenge Cup and the winger believes the break will do the team good.

“I think we probably could do with that break, it has come at a good time. Obviously with Sykes and Collis taking bumps it’s a timely break and something we will take wisely.”

You can listen to the full interview with Ben Cockayne HERE.

The Wildcats next away game is against Leeds Rhinos on Friday 19th July with tickets priced at £20 adults, £13 for students/seniors (65+) and £12 for juniors (15 & under).

Make sure you purchase your tickets for this game by visiting the Wildcats retail outlets at either the Rapid Solicitors Stadium or Ridings Centre Store or alternatively call 01924 201548.

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