posted on 5 May 2014

Danny Washbrook says the Wildcats maintained their signs of promise in recent weeks for longer periods in victory over Hull FC.

Danny Washbrook marked his 200th career game with a strong performance in a memorable win.

Wakefield found themselves 16 points adrift after 50 minutes when there was little between the two teams and after the two sides went down to 12 men after Chris Riley and Jason Crookes exchanged punches, the Wildcats responded better and grew into the game as an attacking force.

Washbrook played a key role in his 200th career game, laying on a try for Lucas Walshaw and playing a significant part in the match winning try for Jarrod Sammut.

The former Hull FC man thought Trinity were deserving of their victory.

“Coming back to the place where it all started in my 200th game it was always going to mean a little bit extra,” said Washbrook of his milestone.

“We probably weren’t 16 points worse, we let a couple of soft tries in that on any other day we wouldn’t have done.

“That (the fight) fired both teams up but we dealt with it a little bit better.  They tried to come out of the line and whack us and it led to Dan (Smith) getting through and he did really well to get that try because he still had a little bit left to do.

“It was a quality finish from Sykesy.  He was under a lot of pressure and to be honest, I didn’t think he was going to kick it, I thought he was going to keep hold of it as he was under that much pressure! But he kicked it, gave us that seven point cushion and we knew we could defend for five minutes and it’s what we did.”

Washbrook was part of the squad that overcame a slow start to the season in 2012 when again Richard Agar was bringing together a new-look squad.  Just like that year, Trinity have just three wins in their opening eleven games and whilst Washbrook wasn’t suggesting a play-off push was on the cards, he thought the performance was a sign that the squad are continuing to head in the right direction.

“When we started the season we had a decent performance against Salford.  I think that was probably built on a bit of basic enthusiasm.  The new boys came in and it was a decent week build-up but after that we are still learning.  We got two good wins against Catalans and London then came up just short against St. Helens.  It’s been a bit of building since then.

“Two games against Leeds and Leeds can do that to anyone as we’ve seen over the past few weeks.  We know that we’ve been piecing little bits together in games and we’ve still got lots to work on but I think you saw the best game where we’ve put the good stuff together for longer periods and it’s ended up with a win.

“We know if we put the good parts of our game together for longer periods and get rid of those little niggly bits we don’t need then we’re a match for anyone.”

You can listen to the full interview on the Wildcats Audioboo channel by clicking HERE.


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