posted on 3 August 2014

James Webster conceded his side never got to grips with the physicality of Huddersfield Giants in the first half, costing themselves any chance in the game.

James Webster admitted the Giants blew his side away in the first half.

When Jarrod Sammut’s kick-off went out on the full it rather set the tone for a first half that saw the Wildcats on the back foot almost exclusively, with Huddersfield taking a 32-0 lead into the half-time interval thanks to six tries.

Trinity restored some pride with a battling second half that saw a brace for Sammut and a score for Paul Sykes, but by that stage the game was beyond reach and with a victory for Widnes Vikings over Hull KR, a play-off place is looking increasingly unlikely.

“It’s no secret that our Achilles heel for the last three years has been when we can’t handle a big, fast strong team and we couldn’t today,” admitted Webster.

“Physicality is a big part of rugby league and we can do it throughout the year at times but we were caught short again today.

“Huddersfield are a massive team, everybody knows it.  It just depends if you can handle it and we couldn’t.  It took us forty minutes to adapt to that today.

If we could have handled it like we did in the second half then we were definitely in that game.  We came into the game believing we could win but that’s rugby league in that you’ve got to be able to handle it.  I thought they were near perfect in the f irst half and played some good footy.

“When you’re playing tough and strong like that then you deserve the breaks.  We got none.  In the second half when we started to compete physically we got a couple of penalties and field position.  But it took 31 minutes to get a set on their line in that first half and it’s impossible to compete with that.

“Sometimes you’ve got to say the other team played well and they blew us away.  They were bigger, faster, stronger and applied lots of pressure.  Instead of laying blame at my team, I’m praising them.  In the second half we showed what we could do but it took us so long to get a foothold in the game, it was too late.”

Listen to Webster’s post-match press conference on the Wildcats Audioboo channel HERE.


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