posted on 11 July 2014

Stand-in skipper Paul McShane once again put the win over Widnes down to a victory for the Wildcats character.

Paul McShane's kicking game gave the Wildcats an element of control in the second half.

Trinity were far from at their best against the Vikings but continued to show the resolve that now has James Webster’s men within two points of the play-off spots.

McShane captained the side for the second week in a row in the absence of Danny Kirmond and felt the effort to haul down Patrick Ah Van with the score still at 4-0 that epitomised the spirit of the Wildcats squad.

“We’re working hard for each other and that’s what Webbo has installed in us from day one and results are coming on the back of that,” said McShane.

“It (the chase back) was massive.  Jimmy, Reece and big Richie Moore got back there and forced the error.  Two plays later we made a break and it was a big turning point in the game.  I think it took a lot out of them seeing we’re willing to go that extra mile for each other.

The former Leeds man was introduced to the action from the bench and it was his kicking game alongside that of Tim Smith that ensured the Wildcats had an element of control in the second half despite the closeness of the scoreline.

It was that game management that the hooker felt Trinity improved on in the second half and McShane felt the half-time interval allowed the side to refocus on what they needed to do.

“Half-time was great for us, it gave us chance to regroup.  It was probably just our game management that was a bit off at the start of the game but we definitely got that towards the back end of the game and we saw out a tough result.

“We’ve got a team of leaders and it could be one of six of us that leads the side out.  I’m just lucky enough to lead the side out when Kirmo’s not there.  It’s probably the best finish to a game we’ve had in terms of field position for a long time.  It was still a bit touch and go at the end but we managed it pretty well.  Timmy’s always talking and it’s showing on the field.”

As a former Leeds Rhinos man, McShane is used to being involved in play-off rugby come the end of the campaign.  The five game unbeaten run gives the Wildcats a sniff of making the top eight and whilst McShane conceded more convincing wins would be welcome, the commitment to the cause will continue to reap benefits.

“We’d like to win big but we just can’t seem to do it at the minute!  We’re taking each game as it comes and if we keep showing the effort we are for each other that results are going to go our way and we are going to creep up the ladder.  If we get in the play-offs it’s an added bonus.

“Everyone wrote us off at the start of the year for relegation and it’s great to have that fighting spirit and seeing us progress.”

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


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