Big-match verdict: Trinity boss Chester delighted by Wakefield’s away-day dominance at Catalans Dragons

Chris Chester
Chris Chester

Wakefield head coach Chris Chester said his team are full of confidence following the Betfred Super League win at Catalans Dragons.

Ben Jones-Bishop scored a hat-trick of tries and Tom Johnstone bagged two as Wakefield won the contest 38-18 in Perpignan.

Chester said afterwards: “I’m really, really pleased, I thought we were very dominant today straight from the kick-off.

“I thought our forward pack was outstanding and we created a lot of opportunities.

“We were a little bit disappointed not to go in at half-time with a few more tries under our belt – I think Tom Johnstone lost the ball twice in try-scoring opportunities but his try just before half-time gave him a bit of a leg up.

“In the second half we came out and were very, very good with the ball, we ran hard and I think defensively we were good in the second half.”

Despite the victory, Chester found room for improvement, adding: “I’m a bit disappointed that we gave them a bit of a leg up in the second half and a couple of poor penalties from us gave them some field position. That being said, I think we are deserving of the two points, we’ve won four from the last five now and this team is full of confidence.”

While Trinity consolidated a place in the top eight, it was a third consecutive defeat for the Dragons, who have dropped from third to ninth in Super League over the last month and now face back-to-back away games against Leigh and Huddersfield.

Catalans head coach Laurent Frayssinous, who is in his fifth season in charge and coming under intense pressure, looked disconsolate at the post-match press conference.

“The score is hard to accept,” he said. “Too many players are not performing.”