Smith: Individual errors costly for Wakefield Wildcats in Warrington defeat

Jacob Miller crosses in the defeat to Wolves.
Jacob Miller crosses in the defeat to Wolves.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats boss Brian Smith admitted that individual errors were key in his team’s 40-20 loss to Warrington Wolves on Sunday.

Jacob Miller ran in all four tries for the hosts at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium but mistakes allowed Wolves to take the points.

Smith, coaching against his younger brother Tony for the first time, felt his team were competitive for the most part, but let themselves down with handling errors and some defensive mistakes.

“I thought we progressed and regressed a bit,” Smith said.

“We committed some woeful errors in attack and two of our most experienced players, Kevin Locke and Jordan Tansey, came up with errors they would not normally make.

“They are inexcusable really and gave 12 points away early on. But we made defensive errors at some stages as well and that was across the board.

“I feel encouraged by much of what went on, but certainly not enough to trouble Warrington on the scoreboard.”

Matthew Russell led Wolves’ try haul with two while Stefan Ratchford, Joe Philbin, Ben Westwood, Daryl Clark and Richie Myler also crossed for the visitors.