posted on 21 June 2014

Head coach James Webster says his side must be better in possession as they prepare to welcome league leaders Wigan Warriors on Sunday.

James Webster was impressed with his sides defence against London Broncos.

The 2013 double winners are in the middle of a purple patch of results that has seen them rise to the summit of the standings and they ruthlessly swept aside Widnes Vikings on Wednesday evening with the returning Josh Charnley bagging himself five tries in the process.

Trinity come into the game buoyed by a victory over London Broncos that Webster says owed much to the defensive effort put in when under the cosh in the first half.

Wakefield found themselves pinned back inside their own half for much of the opening 40 minutes and Webster says that whilst his side are well aware they must show more quality with the ball, they can take heart from a strong defensive effort.

“A win always breeds confidence,” said Webster.

“We did it the hard way in some very tough conditions but we’re obviously pleased that we were able to obtain the two points which was the sole goal before the game.

“We’ll have to play better with the ball.  I thought our defence was pretty good and I didn’t think we had any right to be in the game at half-time with the way we held onto possession but our defence kept us in there.  The amount of times we scrambled and chased back to keep ourselves in the game was realistically the reason why we were able to win the game.

“If we’d have lost touch at half-time then in those conditions it was just going to be too tough to claw back some points.  We’re under no illusions and we’re playing against a team who did the double last year and put 40 or 50 points on teams in the last few weeks.”

With the Warriors World Club Challenge commitments at the start of the 20142 campaign, it’s meant that the cherry and whites face a third game in ten days when they arrive at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Castleford Tigers and Widnes Vikings were both thrashed within a week and local rivalries are renewed with St. Helens just five days after the visit to West Yorkshire.  Webster believes there is no better equipped club to not only cope with, but thrive under the weight of a hectic schedule.

“There’s no team that have proven over a long period of time that they’re better at backing up than Wigan,” he said.

“Every team hates Easter except for Wigan and they seem to really enjoy it.  It’s just another Easter period for them.  While they would rather have a longer period to prepare, they’ve got the squad and an abundance of ability in their young kids who will play outstanding if he (Shaun Wane) decides not to play his first choice 13.

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


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