WEBSTER PREVIEWS WOLVES TRIP

posted on 27 July 2014

James Webster says his side will have to match Warrington’s physicality and work hard to control the ruck to compete on Sunday afternoon.

James Webster takes his side to Warrington on Sunday.

The Wildcats head to the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday with the Wolves smarting from their first defeat in eleven games and Webster’s men looking to respond to a first reverse in six after last weekend’s loss to Catalans Dragons.

After an inconsistent start to the campaign for Tony Smith’s men where they got accustomed to life without the talismanic Lee Briers, the Wire seem to be hitting form at just  the right time with the play-offs looming in around two months time.

It is at the ruck where Webster says the Wildcats will need to be on their game against last season’s beaten Grand Finalists.

“You’ve got to somehow control the ruck against Warrington because they play a lot out of dummy half and are an extremely fast team,” said Webster.  “We have to improve our physicality from last week to be able to compete.

“They’ve got too many players to talk about.  They’re a great side, a small blip on the weekend against Widnes but having watched the game from the weekend some of the tries were against the run of play.”

The Trinity boss tasted defeat for the first time in his new role against a Dragons outfit who had too much power for a side carrying injuries and understandably unable to reach the intensity in performance that had been apparent in the undefeated run that secured Super League status for 2015.

With a play-off appearance unlikely Webster admits it will provide him with the opportunity to rest some of his battered players but he is still targeting a strong finish to the campaign.

“You can’t get yourself up to just play on emotion for five, six or seven weeks, you just can’t do it.  We knew that was going to come eventually, it was just a case of when it was going to come.  We probably weren’t as bad as the scoreboard said but we got punished for any mistakes we made.

“Catalans played extremely strong and plenty of teams have got hammered down there this year, St. Helens 42-0 so it’s no disgrace to go down there.  We couldn’t handle their physicality and they were too big and too strong for us.  We struggled with the heat and it was a tough day for us.”

“We still want to win games.  We still have an outside chance of making the play-offs but things would have to fall ridiculously well for us for that to happen.  Every game you’ve got to have some pride so we won’t be putting teams out that we don’t think can win, but there’s obviously a method behind what you want to get to at this time of year and what you’re looking at for next year.

“We will probably play less people that are busted up in certain positions than we have during the year.  If that means people that are younger get a chance then so be it.

“You can’t get yourself up to just play on emotion for five, six or seven weeks, you just can’t do it.  We knew that was going to come eventually, it was just a case of when it was going to come.  We probably weren’t as bad as the scoreboard said but we got punished for any mistakes we made.

“Catalans played extremely strong and plenty of teams have got hammered down there this year, St. Helens 42-0 so it’s no disgrace to go down there.  We couldn’t handle their physicality and they were too big and too strong for us.  We struggled with the heat and it was a tough day for us.”

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