Head coach Richard Agar says his side created their own problems against Warrington Wolves with a poor kicking game.
After an early spell of pressure on the Warrington line the visitors took control and a late spree of points at the end of each half made it a comfortable afternoon for Tony Smith’s men.
Speaking to the media after the game, Agar said he thought his side came up with too many poor errors.
“I thought we started really well and had opportunity to built some pressure but the way we let the first try in was a bit of a disaster for us,” he said.
“After half an hour we’d competed really well but in the last six or seven minutes we came up with some really poor errors.
“I thought our middle worked really hard all day but certainly when we look at how we let the tries in, some of the misses and some of the decisions that came from our outside backs simply weren’t good enough.
“What’s killing us at the moment is that we’ve got a lot of punch and a lot of strike out of the team and we’re not going to get those boys back in over the next month. We’re lacking some strike, power and cutting edge but we lacked some direction today and we kicked the poor woefully.
“On a day like today, when it’s greasy conditions, how you turn the ball over is vital. I think Richard Moore put the best kick of the afternoon in for us which should probably put our halves to shame a little bit. They’ve just got to do better. Kicking the ball (well) in conditions like this can give you more energy and it’s noticeable that a lot of Warrington’s points came in the last five minutes of both halves of football which tells you we’re a little bit down on energy.”
After today’s clash with one of the sides sure to be challenging at the end of the season, Agar said it is games against sides in and around the Wildcats that will define the season.
Trinity’s next two fixtures come against the bottom two of Bradford Bulls and London Broncos and he says his side need to come up with the goods.
“We need to put it into perspective a little bit. We know where we are and how we started the season and every challenge that came our way. We’ve always said that this middle third of the season is vital for us.
“Everyone’s asked me about our next two weeks and they’re vital for us. Two good performances over the next two weeks can put us in a position where there’s a big chasm between us and the bottom two teams. If anybody had said with 10 rounds to go that we’d be 12 points off the relegation places we’d have snapped their hands off and that’s still a possibility for us.
“We know we’ve got to improve and the next two weeks are what’s vital for our season. The gap between the strong teams in the competition and the ones that have had a difficult off season is a really big one so picking up points against the teams around us is huge. If we can pick up points in the next couple of weeks then it’ll put a completely different complexion on our season.”