James Webster is under no illusions that Hull FC will provide a threat to his unbeaten start as Wildcats head coach.
Trinity slogged their way to a win in atrocious conditions against London Broncos in Webster’s first game in charge before putting in arguably their most complete performance of the campaign to see off reigning Champions and then league leaders Wigan Warriors last time out.
The next challenge for Webster sees the visit of the black and whites who sit a place and two points above the Wildcats in the First Utility Super League standings and who have ambitions of making the play-off places.
A resurgent second half fightback saw the Wildcats claim the spoils when the sides met in April at the KC Stadium and although the Airlie Birds went down to Catalans Dragons last week, Webster feels they will prove testing opposition for his men.
“I’ve been impressed with Hull over the last couple of weeks,” Webster told the press at the weekly media opportunity which you can hear in full HERE. “They played really well in tough conditions over in Perpignan and I thought they were unlucky not to win the game. They’re going to be a tough test for us but one where we’re confident we can put in another good performance.
“It’s always good when Hull clubs come to Wakefield as generally there’s a big crowd and a good atmosphere so it’s a game the boys are looking forward to.
“It’s going to be a really tough game. They put 50 points on Widnes, at Widnes and up to that stage we were the only other team to win there this year. To go to Catalans after they put 42 points past St. Helens the week before and put that performance on, we know we have to turn up ready to play and compete with a team like Hull FC.”
The victory over Wigan Warriors not only provided Trinity fans with the opportunity to celebrate a first win over the cherry and whites since 2009 but a ten-point cushion over the relegation places with ten games remaining.
Webster once again reiterated that his side are looking up rather than down in the league table but admitted any talk of a top eight push was premature given the gap to the play-off places and a season run-in that includes visits to high flyers Warrington Wolves, St. Helens and Castleford Tigers.
The former Hull FC player and assistant coach praised his side for their application in his first two games in charge but said that despite many pundits declaring the Wildcats safe of relegation, Webster is still wanting a strong finish to the year after a disjointed opening half of the season.
“The boys have got to take credit and they’re really bought into the team ethos. They’re playing a really tough brand of football and I thought it was evident that in the two games we’ve been behind but found a way to come back and win the game.
“If you asked me at the start of the year, looking at the statistics then 14 points doesn’t have you in the bottom two. If we can get to 14 and beyond you start looking a lot safer. If you asked me if I’d like to be ten points in front with ten games to go then I’d have bitten your hand off at the start of the year.
“We’re happy that we’ve found some form at the right time of the year but there’s still ten massive games left for us.