Wakefield Trinity v St Helens: Victories will come if we just hang in there, says Horo

Justin Horo.
Justin Horo.

VICTORIES WILL come, Wakefield Trinity forward Justin Horo insists.

Trinity will go into tomorrow’s visit of Betfred Super League leaders St Helens on a run of five straight defeats.

Liam Finn.

Liam Finn.

Those have included losses to Wigan Warriors, last year’s league leaders Castleford Tigers, Challenge Cup holders Hull and champions Leeds Rhinos, as well as Warrington Wolves.

The games are not getting any easier, but Horo, who joined Trinity from Catalans Dragons last autumn, said: “It has been a tough month of footy and a tough week over the Easter period.

“We’ve just been missing out on results, but we’ve got to hang in there and we will get one eventually.”

Trinity have been close throughout their run of defeats, losing all five by a total of just 30 points.

“We are not far away, that’s the thing,” Horo said. “It is within a try every game.

“We are very confident we can turn it around because it’s just one try we need to find.

“We need to find the effort, individually and as a group, to just get it done.”

Trinity led at half-time in four of the five games, only to fall away after the break.

Of that, Horo said: “Maybe we didn’t address it early enough, but it is something I think we can turn around and that will help with our results going forward.

“We concede a couple of tries and then we get a rocket from the coach or from ourselves and then we get going again, but we are just dropping off for 10-15 minutes at the start of the half.”

Saints began round 11 four points clear at the top of the Super League table and have lost only once this season.

“It was always going to be a tough period, but we’ve made it even tougher for ourselves now,” Horo added.

“I feel like we could have picked up a couple of wins through this period, for sure, then we’d be going into Saints with a lot more confidence, but now we’ve just got to get this win.”

Horo reckons when Trinity do get back to winning ways, that will transform their season. “One hundred per cent,” he said.

“We are within a try so if we could flip a couple of those, a try the other way, we’d be looking at six wins from nine instead of four wins from nine and it’ll be completely different where we are on the ladder and what we can build on for the season.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in the group. We’ve got good depth and it’s showing – we are playing the top teams and we are right in there with them.”

Liam Finn, who has a broken finger, has been named in Trinity’s squad along with Anthony England who is set to return from a groin injuy.

Scott Grix is recalled and Joe Arundel, Jordan Baldwinson and Chris Annakin could also return to the 17.

Dropping out from the team beaten by Rhinos six days ago are Max Jowitt, Ryan Hampshire, James Batchelor and Pauli Pauli.

Hooker James Roby has a rib injury and drops out from the Saints side which beat Hull last week, but Man of Steel favourite Ben Barba will return after illness. Matty Lees and Matty Costello are also in contention.

Wakefield Trinity: from Annakin, Arona, Arundel, Ashurst, Baldwinson, England, Finn, Grix, Hirst, Horo, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Kirmond, Lyne, Miller, Randell, Tupou, Wood.

St Helens: from Lomax, Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Fages, Smith, Amor, Taia, Wilkin, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Douglas, Knowles, Thompson, Peyroux, Richardson, Grace, Lees, Barba, Costello.

Referee: Gareth Hewer (Whitehaven).

Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3pm.