NEW COACH Chris Chester believes Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have a bright future.
Chester took charge of Wildcats on a matchday for the first time yesterday and saw his charges record only their second win of the season, beating visitors Huddersfield Giants 36-22.
Wakefield climbed two places to 10th in the table and their academy products Max Jowitt, 19 and 20-year-old Tom Johnstone both had outstanding games.
Chester hailed winger Johnstone for his two tries, including a spectacular long-range effort and was delighted with Jowitt’s all-round contribution at full-back.
“Tom’s second try was fantastic,” Chester said. “He has raw speed and he defended well as well.
“Max had a fantastic game, he saved a few tries for us and created and scored one himself.
“The future is looking bright for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.”
Chester said he was “proud” of his players’ performance and delighted to get off the mark in his first game as boss.
“I thought over the 80 minutes we were the better side,” Chester insisted.
“We set the tone early doors, we played some decent football, threw the ball around and defended our own line as well.
“We were a bit scrappy in the second half, but we stuck to the plan and got over the line. Collectively we worked hard for each other and played with plenty of energy.
“From one to 17 I thought the attitude without the ball was first class.
“There’s a lot of confidence in the group and these guys need to start believing they are a good rugby league side.”
Captain Danny Kirmond’s return from injury gave Wildcats a “massive lift” according to Chester.
Wildcats picked up several knocks with Ashley Gibson suffering concussion and Stuart Howarth also taking a bang to the head.
“We are going to freshen it up,” Chester said of his selection for Monday’s trip to Headingley.
“Ashley Gibson is a no-no because of the head clash and we lost Anthony England (ankle) as well, but other than that we are looking pretty healthy. Leeds may be a bit low on confidence, but they are a quality side and that’s the challenge for us – to go two from two over Easter.
“We will give it our best shot on Monday.”