Wakefield ready to move on from Saints loss with Dragons slaying

Wakefield coach Chris Chester
Wakefield coach Chris Chester

Chris Chester insists that his side has “moved on” from last week’s narrow loss at St Helens.

Wakefield host Catalans Dragons this evening (6.30pm) hoping to return to winning ways following last Friday’s disappointment.

Chester admitted that he spoke to RFL head of match officials Steve Ganson after the game and claimed that the former Super League ref admitted that a number of big calls wrongly went against Wakefield.

“I was really pleased and proud of the efforts, Obviously, it was disappointing to lose like we did,” said Chester.

“There was a big 18-point swing there and, having spoken to Steve Ganson, there was a couple of tries that shouldn’t have been allowed - a double-movement and an obstruction from the kick and obviously James Batchelor’s penalty try.

“I don’t want to harp on about referees - you can cop one bad call but there’s three tough ones on the team there.

“I had a long debate with Steve Ganson, a good chat with him and I got a lot of things off my chest.

“On the whole I thought the referee reffed the game pretty well - the rucks were pretty consistent - but you’ve just got to get those decisions right haven’t you?

“They had a massive impact on the game considering we only lost it by four points.

“But we needed to be better as well defensively so we were frustrated and disappointed.

“I’m not into having pops at referees. I don’t want them to be hung out to dry - I know James (Child) has a Championship game this week - but there’s not a great deal you can do.

“Steve’s spoken about accountability among the referees and that’s all well and good but at the end of the day it’s cost us two points. They can’t give us the two points back. Although cheekily I did ask for those two.

“They have to get them right especially with a video camera there. But we’ve moved on.”

Tonight, Chester is expecting a tough contest when Wakefield welcome Steve McNamara’s Catalans side to the Mobile Rocket Stadium.

The Dragons won their last outing in convincing fashion with a 44-16 victory over Castleford Tigers in the south of France.

Wakefield have lost just two home games all season and Chester is keen for his side to continue racking up the points at Belle Vue.

He said: “They’ve been very impressive. They certainly look like they’re running harder than what they were at the start of the year.

“They have a massive pack, Mickael Simon is going great for them, Remi Casty’s playing as well as I’ve seen him play for a long time and they have made some real shrewd signings with Kenny Edwards and Josh Drinkwater who’s kicking the ball very, very well.

“It’s going to be tough down here but we have a good record here and only been beaten twice. We’re hoping to keep hold if that record.”

Chester will have to contend with some selection headaches prior to kick off as his side are currently struggling with a number of injury problems.

Keegan Hirst didn’t train yesterday due to illness and he could miss out with Jordan Crowther his likely replacement.

“We’re looking pretty thin,” added Chester.

“We’re looking at recalling Jordan Baldwinson back from his loan next week. We’ve had a bit of an illness go through the camp.

“Keegan Hirst hasn’t trained today and if he isn’t right then Jordan Crowther comes into the 17.

“We’re down to the bare bones. We should have Batchelor and Arundel back next week, Kirmond two and a bit months, Grix is a couple of weeks and Craig Huby probably another four weeks.

“We’re a few guys playing busted but we get on with things.”