WATCH - Chris Chester rues 'horrendous' execution as Wakefield Trinity are kept scoreless by Leeds Rhinos

Horrendous execution coupled with a bit of bad luck was one of the factors that lead to Wakefield Trinity's defeat against Leeds Rhinos.

By Ben McKenna
Saturday, 8th June 2019, 11:04 am
Chris Chester. PIC: Alex Whitehead/
Chris Chester. PIC: Alex Whitehead/

That is the view of head coach Chris Chester, who was proud of the way his side performed in their 10-0 loss at Belle Vue on Friday night.

Wakefield missed a number of chances to get on the scoreboard while Leeds won the game with three penalties from Liam Sutcliffe and a terrific try from Tui Lolohea.

"I thought the performance was good, but I thought our execution was horrendous," admitted Chester.

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Chris Chester. PIC: Alex Whitehead/

"I have never been involved in a game where a team has created so little opportunity and ended up winning the game 10-0.

"We started the game really, really well. We kicked the ball well.

"Then we came up with a couple of really poor errors and some ill-discipline.

"Obviously the big turning point is when big Kelepi Tanginoa goes through and instead of us going over for a try, we went 8-0 down.

Trinity skipper Jacob Miller. PIC: James Heaton.

"I am not blaming Kelepi because I thought he was outstanding. He has had to play 80 minutes.

"We lost James Batchelor and we lost Matty Ashurst as well. So for him to play 80 minutes is a fair effort.

"I am disappointed with the result but I would be even more disappointed if we didn't create any opportunities, I thought we created plenty.

"It was just that final pass that let us down."

The rain poured throughout the whole game at a drenched Belle Vue, but Chester didn't want to blame the weather for his side's defeat.

He added: "It was just one of those nights where everything we seemed to try didn't quite come off.

"There is a ball there from Rocky Hampshire to Junior Sa'u, if it's a better pass, again, we end up scoring.

"There were a few, the Kelepi one as well. It was a tough night.

"Even when we went 8-0 I felt we were attacking pretty well but credit to Leeds.

"They came with a game plan to keep working our middles over and it worked for them tonight."