Jarrod Sammut says the Wildcats must stay in the arm wrestle for longer in matches to start getting results.
There was no shortage of effort at Headingley Carnegie on Friday night where a Wildcats side hit hard by injuries were simply outclassed by a Leeds outfit with just one defeat to their name all season.
The match saw the Maltese international named at full-back and it was from that position that he could see the endeavour of the other Trinity players to give their all for each other.
“The effort was there,” said Sammut. “At the back I could see the boys were busting their guts to try and get that extra yard to get back onside but Leeds are a ruthless team and once we were on the back foot it was really hard to gain control.
“I thought the boys did really well, it was an improvement from last week. We need to keep building and not just be happy with yesterday’s results.
“We’re building and working in the right areas but it’s just a lack of effort for the full eighty. We have to make sure that mentally we are doing everything we can.”
Sammut crossed for a try late in the game after opportunist work from Paul McShane on the back of a Danny Washbrook offload but such was the dominance of the home side that the Wildcats had little chance with ball in hand.
With new attacking combinations still finding their feet, Trinity understandably struggled for the slickness in attack needed to crack one of the stingiest defences in the competition.
Whilst agreeing with that point, Sammut says the Wildcats must set high standards of themselves to return to winning ways.
“The more we’re in set positions and keep training in those roles we’re going to get more cohesion and things will start to fall in place. We still need to dish up things a lot better than we have been. On the flip side we’ve got a lot of people who are out injured or playing a little bit busted and it’s tough like that.
“We go out there and we’ve got every man really willing to work for the club. At times it definitely shows and at other times you don’t but they are (working hard). We need to come together and really stay in the arm wrestle for longer than we are.
“We’re battling for a good 20 minutes then slowly we start to fall by the wayside. We need to stay in the arm wrestle and when things don’t go our way, don’t worry about it, stay positive and get back into the game. At the moment we’re falling behind that a little bit.”
Listen to the full interview with Sammut on the Wildcats Audioboo channel HERE.