Prop Andy Raleigh was reflecting on the positives after the Wildcats left the AJ Bell Stadium empty handed on Sunday.
Wakefield’s second-half come back against Salford Red Devils was not enough to secure them a first round win as they lost out 18-14 the Brian Noble’s men.
Veteran front-row Raleigh made an impressive impact during his 40-minute spell during the middle of the game as new boys Scott Anderson and Daniel Smith were given a starting place in the front-row.
Although disappointed about the result Raleigh was upbeat about the teams performance: “There are some positives to take out of it, I think we played well together and we have shown we have come together and there is some good team spirit there.
“There was obviously a few missed chances and we could have probably got something out of the game and that’s disappointing but it is something to build on. It is not a negative start to the season.”
Wakefield found themselves 18-0 down at half time but came out in the second-half and dominated the game, Raleigh added: “It was clear we needed to get hold of the ball a bit more (in the second half), they had eight or nine more sets than us in the first half. You are going to be down if you are under that much pressure.
“At 18-0 down plenty of teams would have given up I think but for us to come back and nearly clinch it shows good team spirit.”
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