WAKEFIELD TRINITY coach Chris Chester is targeting a top-five finish in Betfred Super League after yesterday’s 44-22 win over bottom club Widnes Vikings.
Trinity are now four points clear of ninth-placed Catalans Dragons, but Chester insisted: “I am not looking at the teams underneath us.”
He said: “We are two points off fifth now and that’s where we’re looking.
“We’re not looking at Catalans or Huddersfield or Leeds, we’re looking at Hull and the teams above them.
“We got the job done today and it puts us in a really good position.”
Wakefield had the game in the bag by half-time, when they led 22-0, but Chester felt they let themselves down at times in the second half.
The 44 points after the break were shared and the Wakefield boss described the four tries Widnes scored as “really disappointing”.
“I’ve let the players know we need to be a lot more ruthless defensively,” he stated.
“They got too many easy tries and we came up with some poor individual decisions and some pretty average contact in the second half.
“We got the two points and that’s what we wanted, but I’m disappointed with the way we approached that second half.”
He added: “The lads are disappointed themselves.
“They were a bit deflated at the end of the game.
“They expect better standards than we had in that second half.
“Having said that, I thought the first half – at 22-0 – was probably the best 40 minutes we’ve had defensively.
“They asked us quite a lot of questions on our tryline and we came up with some really good decisions.
“That kind of flipped on its head in the second half.
“It was disappointing to concede 22 points, but the positive is we got the win.”
Trinity had only three available substitutes for most of the game after captain Danny Kirmond limped off inside the opening three minutes.
He is a doubt for Friday’s game at St Helens and Chester said: “He will go for a scan on Monday. His kneecap kept locking. It looks like a tear to the cartilage, but we’ll probably know more over the next 48 hours.”