Willie Poching sees positives in Wakefield Trinity display despite Challenge Cup loss to Wigan Warriors
The final score did not reflect how close the match was in the first half when Trinity appeared to have their big name opponents rattled at one stage.
However, although Wakefield dominated much of the first half they somehow found themselves trailing 12-6 at the break and a try in the first minute of the second half then left them with a big task to come back, which they could not achieve.
Poching insisted there were “plenty of positives” from the performance, particularly in the opening 40 minutes.
Poching said: “The spirit’s still there, the fight was still there.
“We had some really good performers, I thought James Batchelor took his opportunity and Tinirau Arona stood up as a senior figure.
“Corey Hall keeps growing and I thought the young fella on the wing, Lewis Murphy, has gone up another level. That’s what we asked of him.
“There’s a couple of things to look at, but he is on the right trajectory in terms of growing and improving every time he plays.”
Yesterday’s defeat ended a four-game winning run and Trinity now have to back up against Castleford Tigers in a Super League game on Thursday.
Poching admitted: “It is disappointing to be knocked out at this stage and disappointing we couldn’t quite carry on what we did in the first half.
“We didn’t quite get out for the second half in the way we wanted and some of their quality came through, but I thought the first half was fantastic for us.”
Poching handed full credit to Wigan for keeping his men out under huge pressure in the opening 40.
“They defended well,” he added.
“We had quite a few raids on their goalline and we got over a couple of times, that were denied.
“It’s disappointing they got out quite easily and scored an opportunistic try, but that’s what good teams do.
“In the end, looking at the scoreline, I don’t think we deserved some of that, but we’ve got to roll our sleeves up and get ourselves ready to go, because we’ve got games coming thick and fast now and we can’t dwell on this too long.”