Wakefield Wildcats Washbrook in rich vein of form

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats loose forward Danny Washbrook rates his performances this season as the best in “a long time” - a statement backed up by his position as the top tackler in Stobart Super League XVII.

Washbrook, 26, has not missed a league game for Wakefield so far this season and that presence has paid dividends according to the former Hull FC player. He said: “I have really enjoyed it and it’s been a really good move for me.

“I think I have played a lot better this year than I have for a long time probably due to the fact I have had a long extended run.”

“I always seem to get through a lot of tackling. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because people want to run at me.

“You have to work hard and if that’s making tackles then it’s making tackles.”

He added: “We do get a stats sheet after each game. There are certain things we pride ourselves on, our kick chase and kick pressure and things like that.”

Washbrook believes that both he and the team are recovering from a dip in form, saying: “The past few weeks have picked up. I had a bit of a dip.

“Everybody was a little bit down and that’s why the team dropped [in form].

“The past five or six weeks we picked it up and we got three wins on the bounce and a decent performance at Leeds.

“It’s just the last two weeks that have been a bit disappointing.”

Washbrook recognises that his team must improve if they are to get a result against high-flying Wigan Warriors at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Sunday.

He said: “They are at the top of the table and they know how to score points.

“It will be up to us to stop them and keep them in their half of the field for as long as we can.

“If we can cut out the errors we are making when we are coming out of our own half and finish our sets at the other end of the field more often then we know we will be in games.”

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