Wakefield Trinity boss Chris Chester takes positives from narrow Super League loss to Leeds Rhinos

Coach Chris Chester had mixed feeling after Wakefield Trinity’s 28-22 defeat by Leeds Rhinos in Betfred Super League round one.

Sunday, 28th March 2021, 9:16 pm

The boss saw positive signs from his team, particularly as they scored three rapid fire tries to take a 16-4 lead, but felt they went away from what they had practiced when Leeds hit back to snatch a half-time advantage.

“We were our own enemies,” he said of that spell.

“We didn’t really make them work hard for their tries - the Brad Dwyer try, the dive-over, that’s not good enough.”

Innes Senior is congratulated by Alex Walker after scoring for Trinity against Leeds. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
Innes Senior is congratulated by Alex Walker after scoring for Trinity against Leeds. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Chester admitted: “It’s disappointing because I thought it was there to grab with both hands, but we’ll have to have a look at that period before half time when they got three quick tries on us.

“There’s lots of areas for us to fix up and we’re just looking forward to getting back out there on Thursday night.

“The guys were really positive in the changing room at half-time and they kind of took over at full-time - they knew [compared to] some of the standards we set through pre-season, they weren’t good enough.

“There’s certain standards areas we need to be better at, but in terms of togetherness and effort, we are a totally different team to last season.”

Joe Westerman breaks past Rhinos' Alex Mellor. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Trinity had chances during a long spell in the second half when the scores were level.

“Overall, the effort was there from the guys and this game is all about fine margins,” Chester added.

“Had the ball got to Bill Tupou towards the back end or the pass been better when Tom Johnstone went down the sideline, we might have got something from the game.

“We scored 22 points and you’d like to think that’s enough, but credit to Leeds.”

Trinity face Wigan Warriors at St Helens this week.