Wakefield Trinity v Leeds Rhinos: Chester demanding a much better performance

Chris Chester and John Kear.
Chris Chester and John Kear.

BOSS CHRIS Chester has challenged Wakefield Trinity to go from farce to epic tonight.

Trinity were wounded by last week’s dismal 36-6 defeat at Huddersfield Giants and face a massive challenge against high-flying Leeds Rhinos as they bid for their first-ever win in the Super-8s.

Matty Ashurst, who is set for his 200th career appearance against Leeds Rhinos.

Matty Ashurst, who is set for his 200th career appearance against Leeds Rhinos.

“We are hurting a bit,” Chester, above, admitted. “The last performance was not a Wakefield Trinity performance – it was like watching something from a Carry On film. I’ve never seen our guys drop as much ball. Simple, basic errors put us under a lot of pressure. It was just not good enough – not first grade football. They knew after the game my feelings on it and I am looking forward to seeing a reaction [tonight].”

By contrast, Rhinos are on the back of an impressive performance in a 32-16 home win over Wigan Warriors.

Chester said: “They played very, very well – both teams, Leeds and Wigan, played better than us and we know we have got to improve.

“We are disappointed because in the two biggest games of the season – the St Helens game and Huddersfield game – for one reason or another we have not fired when the pressure has been on.

“It is going to be a big test of our character to try and get a result and turn it around.

“We are in a lot better position than we were last year and we’ve got a better group of players.

“We certainly don’t want to go through the middle-eights not winning a game so we’ll need a better performance.”

Despite successive defeats, a win tonight would lift Trinity into the top-four.

“There’s another 12 points to be had, but we’re not worrying too much about the table,” Chester said.

“It’s more about the performance.

“We have got to play a lot better.”