posted on 21 July 2013

Ben Cockayne says taking better care of possession will be crucial if the Wildcats are to win the rematch with Leeds Rhinos on Friday night.

Ben Cockayne made his 150th Super League appearance on Friday night.

Trinity put in an outstanding defensive effort at the home of the Champions last Friday but it ultimately left them with too little ball to come up with enough points to claim the win.

After the game Richard Agar pointed to too many poor turnovers of possession and it was a sentiment echoed by Cockayne.

“I think our effort was second to none but or skill level was terrible, myself included.  It does get slippery in those sort of condition but it’s no excuse, you’ve got to respect the ball a little bit more, especially if you want to get a win at Headingley.

“We let ourselves down in that department but I think our effort was outstanding.”

It was a weekend of milestones for Cockayne who made his 150th Super League appearance of his career; a 50th appearance in the red, white and blue of Wakefield and celebrated his 30th birthday on Saturday.

Whilst he couldn’t celebrate those landmarks with a win, he is confident that the Wildcats have what it takes to get the derby victory.

“I think going into next week we can take a lot of confidence after that because we know that if we’d have looked after the ball a bit better I think we could have done a job on them,” said the England squad member.

“If we look after the ball a bit better and defend with the same determination and effort then I think we can get a result.

“Teams do their homework anyway so they know what they’re going to throw at each other anyway.  I suppose next week is all going to be about capitalising on things we know we can capitalise against Leeds and exploit their weaknesses a bit better.  But to do that we’ve got to respect the ball a bit more.

“I’m sure fans will be there as they are every week and after Friday’s effort I’m sure they’ll want to come and support us next week.  Hopefully Leeds bring a fair few as well and get the stadium full.”

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