Chester rapt at defensive efforts

After rounding off their pre-season preparation with a 50-6 victory over Sheffield, Wakefield head coach Chris Chester expressed his delight at the effort in defence.

“I think there were a lot of positives to take out from it including keeping them to one try,” Chester said.

“It’s certainly served a purpose.”

Despite good a job of restricting the Eagles in attack, Chester raised concerns about the way Trinity started the match.

“The start is still concerning me,” he said.

“They made 60m in that first set of six which is disappointing.”

The visit of the Eagles to Belle Vue was the fifth match Trinity have played ahead of the new Super League season.

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Whilst Chester admitted it had been intense he did highlight how useful the games had been, picking out a number of individuals who stood out at the weekend.

“I think Chris Annakin was outstanding today he give us some real energy when he came onto the field,” he said.

“Anthony England and Craig Huby looked very solid up front as well.

Sam Williams was by far and away the best player on the field.”

Williams who put in a solid performance was brought off approaching the final quarter of the match after a heavy collision but Chester confirmed it was purely a precaution.

“He came off with 15 to 20 minutes to go it was always the plan,” he said.

“I was disappointed that we didn’t get him off before the scrum but he just got winded and as a precaution we brought him off.”

David Fifita and Max Jowitt both made their first appearances for Trinity after lengthy lay-offs and Chester said he would be looking at sending them and some others out on dual registration.

“We’ll look at getting Dave out on dual-registration next week and Max Jowitt as well as a couple of other guys who need some game time,” he said.

“I was pleased with both of their efforts looked a little bit rusty at times but that’s too be expected when they’ve had so long out with their injuries.”

 

 

 

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