WEBSTER CREDITS WILDCATS FIGHTBACK

posted on 14 June 2014

James Webster credited his side for grinding out a win over London Broncos in atrocious conditions.

James Webster was relieved to get a win in his first game in charge.

A downpour that started as the teams ran out for the match meant a week’s training in dry conditions went out of the window and Trinity had to reassess their game plan.

The Broncos adapted better quicker than the Wildcats to lead 10-4 at half-time, but led by a strong kicking game from Tim Smith, the hosts improved in the second period and did enough to get the two points that saw them leap above Salford Red Devils into 11th in the table.

“London did a great job in the first half of playing the conditions well,” said Webster.  “Their middle and hooker were outstanding in the first half and showed us a little bit what we needed to do.

“I think we dropped the ball seven times when no-one was near us and whilst I thought our defence was outstanding at times, having to defend our goal line all the time was just too hard for us.  Once we decided to respect the conditions a bit and chase a little bit harder I thought we got some results.

“We just didn’t acclimatise to them quickly enough.  We tried to pass the ball too much and while we kept getting the messages across, it probably took us time to sit down and speak about it at half-time for it to really sink into the side that we really need to play these conditions better.

“Full credit to us, in that they were able to work that out and change our game plan mid-game.  I’m just relieved to get the win.”

With London still seeking a Super League win the Wildcats came into the game as favourites and despite being behind for a large part of the match showed a composure to fightback and claim the win.

That approach and the defensive effort of his side pleased Trinity’s new head coach.

“The most pleasing thing about us was that we only gave up two kick tries in the whole game.  The first one was a calamity for everybody and the second one was off a break and they kicked the ball again.  I thought our defence, other than one line break, was really good.

“The way we closed out the game was good.  We didn’t panic and didn’t try to chase the game because I didn’t think you could chase the game in that weather.  We needed to play a little bit more percentages, kick the ball better and full credit to our boys.”

You can listen to Webster’s full press conference on the Wildcats Audioboo channel.

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