WAKEFIELD Wildcats head coach John Kear bemoaned his side’s inability to string back-to-back performances together following the 40-22 defeat at Harlequins on Saturday.
Quins ended a run of 12 games without victory with a seven-try success against Wakefield at Twickenham Stoop.
It came less than a week after Kear’s men collected a superb 13-10 victory against high-flying Huddersfield Giants.
And the Wildcats head coach insists his men must pick up their game ahead of Sunday’s visit to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium of Hull FC.
“As tight and composed as we were last week we were loose and soft today. There were a lot of areas for us to pick up on,” he said.
“We have a real problem putting back to back performances together. Harlequins ran harder, tackled harder and showed greater desire.
“If you want to be a Super League player you cannot just expect things to happen - you have to have the hunger.”
The hosts raced into a 24-0 lead thanks to tries from Luke Gale, Chris Bailey, Luke Dorn and Tony Clubb and neat kicking from Gale.
Dale Morton open the scoring for the visitors before Chris Melling, Chad Randall and Jamie O’Callaghan added tries for Quins to all-but seal their win.
There was still time for Julien Rinaldi, Jarred Hickey and Paul Johnson to get on the scoresheet for the Wildcats but it was too little, too late.
The defeat keeps Wakefield in the bottom two of Super League and moves Harlequins three points clear of the Wildcats.
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