WEBSTER SALUTES TEAM PERFORMANCE

posted on 31 August 2014

James Webster saluted an all-round team performance after the Wildcats hammered Salford Red Devils.

James Webster was full of praise for his side after their win.

Trinity raced into a 16-0 lead inside the opening quarter and although Salford threatened a second half fightback, Trinity saw the came out in style and romped to a 42-6 win.

On an afternoon where it was impossible to pick out a poor performer in the red, white and blue, Webster praised an excellent team display.

“I thought the boys turned up in a great state of mind,” said Webster.  “Salford have been going great guns over the last two months so we knew we had to play well to win.  We had a late setback in that Danny Kirmond pulled out at last minute yesterday so we had a bit of a reshuffle that we weren’t really prepared for  but I thought we had a couple of outstanding contributors today in a team that played well.

“I thought Paul Sykes, in a position he hasn’t played in a long time, I thought was outstanding.  Pita Godinet hasn’t played for seven weeks and to come back and put in that sort of performance when he hasn’t played at stand-off all year, was tremendous.

“I thought all our middles handled them really well and Paul McShane created plenty out of dummy half.  To shut Salford out to just six points with the attacking threat and pace they have in their side I thought was outstanding.”

Much of the week’s media attention focussed around Tim Smith coming up against his parent club and, as with some many Wakefield wins in the second half of the campaign, he was the focal point for Trinity’s attacking prowess.

With Webster building his squad for 2015, he admitted he is hopeful of retaining the services of the scrum-half.

“Timmy is the heart and soul of our side,” proclaimed Webster.  “He enjoys that and everyone saw that today.

“When he’s the boss and he’s got someone like Pita Godinet to just play off him and Paul Sykes today in a free role, he creates so much space and time for our team.  It’s no coincidence that we’ve improved a lot since Tim Smith has come.

“This clubs been very lucky that we did some good business and got Tim when we did, and hopefully that can continue.”

Hear Webster’s press conference in full on the Wildcats Audioboo channel.

Webster admits Dean Collis (quad) and Danny Kirmond (knee) were doubts for the derby trip to Castleford Tigers but reported no serious problem for Reece Lyne who returned late in the game after being forced off following an incident that was placed on report.

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