James Webster has targeted four wins out of the last five games for the Wildcats to make an improbable play-off appearance after victory at Warrington Wolves.
Trinity beat Warrington for the first time in ten meetings between the sides to keep in the hunt for the top eight after last week’s defeat to Catalans Dragons had made it look unlikely that the Wildcats would end the season with a berth in the final stages of the competition.
But after a remarkable performance to leave the Halliwell Jones Stadium with a 40-26 win, Webster has not given up the possibility of a play-off spot but admits it will be difficult.
“Every time you think it’s going to go away from you then we’re back in it,” said a buoyant Webster. “Looking at the table we’d have to win four out of the five game to make it and that will be tough. It’s not unachievable with the type of squad and the way we’re playing at the moment. It’s an old cliché that you take every game as it comes but when you need to win four out of five, you have to win the next game.
“We’ve got Huddersfield next week at home so looking at that, we need to beat Huddersfield to be a shot.”
Wakefield were clinical in attack and had the same dogged spirit in defence that was a hallmark of the five match unbeaten run that had preceded last week’s defeat in the south of France.
Tim Smith made Trinity tick and Chris Riley returned to his parent club to score a hat-trick, with Webster praising his sides defensive mentality as a key part of the success.
“It was a great win, especially after last week. To come to Warrington you always know you’re going to be up for a tough game and today was no different. They had seven more sets than us but every time we seemed to get on their try line we’d come up with a ply to score points which has been a problem for us over the last six or seven weeks so extremely pleased today.
“Other than last week that’s been a big goal of ours (defence). At times we got pulled apart structurally but as long as you keep turning up for each other then you’ve always a chance of holding them out. Warrington are great with the ball, have got great structures and are extremely well coached so to be able to hold them out over a prolonged period was fantastic.”
Listen to the full post-match press conference on the Wildcats Audioboo channel.