Chester hails Wakefield spirit after dramatic win

Wakefield coach Chris Chester hailed his side’s spirit after they twice came from behind to beat Catalans 25-24 at the Magic Weekend.

Jacob Miller’s sensational 50 metre drop goal earned the Wildcats their eighth win of the season and denied the Dragons the chance to move to the Super League summit.

Chester told Sky Sports: “It was a very spirited performance. I thought we were a little bit off all game in terms of execution, and we let ourselves down in some areas.

“But it shows the team spirit we’ve got to come back not once, but twice and come away with a win.

“It means a lot to the group and the fans to win here.

“I would have taken a draw. That would have probably been a fair result. We were a long way off where we needed to be.

“We maybe got a bit lucky, but two points pushes up that table and I’m a happy coach.”

Wakefield fought back from a 14-0 deficit to hit the front at 18-14, before Catalans turned things round to lead 24-18.

Mickael Simon’s try against his former club enabled Liam Finn to tie things up at 24-24, before Pat Richards crucially missed a penalty from in front of the sticks.

Richards, who missed four from six attempts on the day, hit the post and his woe was compounded when Miller landed the drop goal barely minutes later.

Miller added: “I don’t usually kick them very well, Finn is the go to man, it came to me and I was just lucky it came off right!

“Catalans are a good side, they aren’t up near the top for nothing. We knew we had to start big because they blew us away last time we played them.

 

“I’m enjoying it at Wakefield, the boys are unreal here, and it makes it a lot easier when you’re enjoying yourself.”

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