posted on 18 April 2014

Harry Siejka felt the Wildcats cost themselves by going away from the game plan against Castleford Tigers.

Harry Siejka made his first start in the derby against Castleford Tigers.

After an opening 50 minutes where there was just six points between the sides and Trinity were seemingly building up a head of steam after two quick tries, Castleford showed a strong resolve to take control of the game and take the derby day spoils.

Whilst Siejka acknowledged that the Tigers have been impressive so far this season, he believed there was little between the two sides and it was Castleford’s ability to do the simple things right for longer periods that earned them the result.

“I don’t think they were a better team than us on the day, they just stayed in the game longer than what we did,” said Siejka.

“For about 40 minutes of that game we were really into it but about ten minutes after half-time a few things didn’t go our way and we lost our way a bit.

“I think we can take a lot of positives out of that but also a few negatives in that we didn’t finish the way we started the second half.  We’ve got a little bit of a turnaround so hopefully we can fix those little errors up before Monday.

“They did the simple things right.  They tucked the ball under their arm, went forward and their kicks were pretty much on the spot and that’s something we didn’t do at the back end of that second half.  We played well in glimpses when we stuck to our game plan but we shied away from it for a little bit and shot ourselves in the foot a little bit.

“If we play like we did in that first ten minutes of the second half then we’ll be tough to beat for any team.  It’s just getting in that grind and playing for 80 minutes which we’re not doing at the moment but I’m pretty confident that we can hang in there and turn it around.”

After joining the squad late and becoming accustomed to his new teammates with appearances at hooker, the Australian was handed his first opportunity to start in his preferred scrum-half role, also allowing Pita Godinet to interchange at hooker with Paul McShane, a role which the Samoan fulfilled in the recent World Cup.

Siejka showed some promising touches and demonstrated a strong kicking game at times, but paid credit to the work done by  the forwards in providing a solid platform.

“I really enjoyed it (playing at scrum-half).  It’s been ten months since I played a game at half-back.  Our big boys dug in today and for them to do the things they’re doing around the middle is full credit to them because as a half there’s nothing better than seeing a big forward running forward an offloading, it’s good to play behind.

“We’ve just got to do it for longer periods of the game and stick in there for longer.  Our forwards laid the platform well today I thought and I felt we matched them in that area.

“The results aren’t going our way at the moment but I’m sure if they (the fans) stick with us this season we’re going to start getting results.  We’re close but we’re still a bit away at the same time.  I think in the next couple of weeks when we start gelling we’re going to be able to turn it around.”

Listen to the full interview with Siejka on the Wildcats Audioboo channel HERE.


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