Written by: Tom Benthall
Danny Kirmond has praised Chris Chester’s impact since his arrival at the club in March, whilst also acknowledging how tough a test Hull FC will present on Sunday.
The Wildcats captain revealed how head coach Chester has instilled a new level of confidence within the squad, as well as making adjustments on the training ground.
“He’s brought in some new systems which seem to have worked and have suited the squad that we’ve got really well, he has just put a smile on everyone’s faces,” he said.
“We had a slow start but we always had confidence in the squad that we’ve got and I think that was the important thing, and just a few little tweaks here and there seem to have really helped us and obviously Ches (Chris Chester) has done a great job since he’s come in so there’s a great feeling all around the place at the moment.”
The squad are currently in the middle of a nine day turn-around before the clash with Hull, something Kirmond says is vital following a busy Easter schedule.
“The nine day turnaround this week’s been really important for us, it gives you a chance to rest up people who are struggling a bit, and obviously a few of the boys were rested for the Challenge Cup game. It gives those players that bit more time so everyone is feeling fresh and raring to go for the Hull game,” he said.
“Hull are a great team, they’ve got some big back rowers, some high quality players and they’re playing really well at the moment, they got a good win against Huddersfield and then obviously they missed out against Leeds at the weekend.
“They’ll be looking to bounce back so we know it’s going to be a difficult game and one we’ve got to be really good for.
“Super League this year is showing that you have got to play well every week or you get beaten and that’s showing with the teams who are around the bottom at the moment. They have both won at the weekend so you cannot take anyone lightly this year, but we are really focused on being good for every game.”
A win for Trinity could see the side move into the top eight for the first time this season, and while a spot in the Super Eight’s is the primary target in the league, the skipper is not taking the Challenge Cup lightly ahead of the sixth round draw on Thursday.
“It’s always nice to get a good cup run going, I’ve been fortunate enough to get to a final before, it makes everyone excited about playing and you know you’ve got to play well week in week out when that cup game comes you want to be in there and in with a chance of playing.
“It’s something that we’re aiming to do really well in, and it brings extra revenue into the club as well which is obviously good for behind the scenes so we want to have a good run in the cup, but the league is just as important as well so it’s important we focus on every game really.”