posted on 22 June 2014

Wildcats head coach James Webster praised his side’s toughness after they claimed a thrilling victory over Wigan Warriors.

James Webster praised the toughness of his Wildcats players.

After taking the lead with Danny Kirmond’s try, the Wildcats recovered from 18-6 down to lead at half-time and again from 28-26 down in the second half to seal a win with Reece Lyne’s try and Paul Sykes’ touchline conversion.

Speaking to the press after the game, Webster was full of praise for his men.

“I thought the boys played really tough,” he said.  “Wigan came at us for the full 80 minutes and it was a decent game of rugby for the neutral.  As a Wigan or Wakefield fan there were a few heart in the mouth moments.

“We’ve had occasions this year where we’ve had three tries scored on us in six minutes on something like seven occasions so it was something we mentally addressed the first day we got together and that we didn’t want that to be part of our makeup anymore.

“I thought other than the first tries they scored back-to-back on a long range, I thought we were able to go set-to-set with a particularly good team.”

Wigan arrived at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium for a third game in nine days having hammered both Castleford Tigers and Widnes Vikings.  Although missing England internationals Sean O’Loughlin and Michael McIllorum, the Warriors were still far from a weak seventeen.

Webster conceded it was a good opportunity to get the win but thought that took nothing away from his teams achievement.

“I’m under no illusions that we got them at a good time,” acknowledged Webster.

“The first thing I spoke to my staff about preparing for Wigan I said we had a massive advantage.  We had seven days to prepare for Wigan while Wigan only had four days to prepare for Wakefield because they had a game in between.

“I don’t think he (Shaun Wane) showed us any disrespect by the team he picked.  He’s looking for the long haul and they’ve got a chance to win the competition again this year.  He’s got a massive game on Friday but all these kids have played outstanding all year and that same team have put 40 on many a team this year.  I don’t think he came here expecting to walk all over us, he did what was best for his club.”

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


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