The next match is always the most important one in the season says Wakefield’s Willie Poching
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The promoted French side are also without a victory ahead of today’s home meeting with Wigan Warriors and another loss would leave Trinity facing a team on zero points next Friday, for the second successive week.
Though pressure at the foot of the early-season table intensified when a makeshift Trinity team were beaten 34-18 by Leeds Rhinos two days ago, Poching feels the long turnaround will work in his side’s favour.
“It is a big game, just like [Thursday] was and the week before,” said Poching.
“The next game is always the biggest of the season and that’s no different next week.
“We have got an eight-day period to prepare ourselves, freshen everybody up and hopefully get some people back, create some selection headaches and put a great performance out next Friday.”
That rules him out of next week’s game and Poching admitted the stand-off will be missed.
“It showed that when he wasn’t on the field,” he said.
“Mason [Lino] stepped up and he will be a lot better for the run out and getting a good 80 minutes under his belt, but someone else gets an opportunity to step up in a tough game next week.”
Of the prospect of getting players back in the near future, Poching added: “It would help, but we had full faith in everybody who went out there [against Leeds] to do the job that was required.
“I just thought, as a collective - myself included - we came up short.”
Trinity outscored Leeds 18-4 in the second half, but the damage was done before the interval, when they went 30-0 behind.
“Ultimately, that first period of the game hurt us,” admitted Poching. “To get some tries in the second half showed some spirit within the boys.”