Wakefield Wildcats boss Kear praises Doncaster’s cup spirit

John Kear
John Kear

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats head coach John Kear admitted that his team were not at their best but was ultimately satisfied with his team’s performance in the 50-10 victory over Doncaster in the fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

A six-try blitz in the final 30 minutes propelled the Wildcats to a mouth-watering fifth round tie against Castleford Tigers but Co-operative Championship One side Doncaster forced the visitors to work hard at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Kear said: “ I would like to compliment Doncaster. They turned up and put a massive effort in. They made it really tough and it was only in the last 15 minutes or so that we pulled away.”

“I thought we went away from some of the things we have done really well recently in Super League and whether we became mentally soft and didn’t respect the opposition, I don’t know but there was obviously a problem there.

“At half-time we attempted to address that and batten down the hatches and play as we had practised.

“The pleasing thing was that we tightened up defensively and we scored some good tries. There was lovely ball movement which is something we worked on a lot this week so there were signs that some of the practice areas had gone into the performance as well.

“Doncaster tired and some of [Wakefield’s] skill levels were particularly good and there were really good Super League standard tries.”

He added: “I respect this competition and you have to put a very strong team out. You have got to win every game to win the competition and there are no second chances.

“We knew that the first job was to come here and win and the second job was to come here and answer one or two questions.

“We slightly altered one or two things in the first half and I don’t think it worked but as soon as we settled down into our more conventional structure we looked a lot better.”

Dons head coach Tony Miller was proud of his team’s performance, saying: “[The difference] was the final 10 or 15 minutes and I don’t think the score reflected the effort we put in.

“No problems that we got beaten but people looking at [the score] would think that we were never in it but we certainly were.”

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