Mark Applegarth confident Wakefield will “come good” after winless start

Drew Darbyshire
Mark Applegarth Wakefield Trinity SWpix

Wakefield coach Mark Applegarth insists his side can still turn their fortunes around despite losing their first six games of the season.

Trinity suffered a 34-6 home defeat to Hull KR at Belle Vue on Friday night, their sixth successive defeat.

Hull KR were 18-0 ahead at half-time thanks to first half tries from Sam Wood, Louis Senior, Tom Opacic and Kane Linnett.

Mikey Lewis, Elliot Minchella and Opacic scored further tries for the Robins in the second half. Australian prop Jai Whitbread scored a late consolation for Trinity.

Applegarth said: “That first half was very frustrating.

“Hull KR did basically to us what we wanted to do to them. They capitalised on three out of our four errors. They rolled us.

“I can’t fault the players for effort, but I can’t keep saying this, we have to start learning lessons.”

Mark Applegarth: We’ll come good

Wakefield are the only team without a win in Super League this season and sit rock bottom of the table, but Applegarth insists they can turn things around.

The Trinity boss said: “We need a bit of self-belief and accountability.

“Sometimes you have to take it on the chin. We’ll have a look that we’ve prepared the players properly, from a gameplan point of view.

“I do see a way out. The injuries have hit us hard. We need some of our senior heads back, who know what this level of rugby is like.

“Of course I still have the appetite to coach. Rain or shine I’ll be here giving it 100 per cent. Yes it’s tough, yes it stings, but that’s how you learn. We’ll come good.”

It doesn’t get easier for Wakefield though as they face a trip to champions St Helens next Friday night.

Scotland hooker Liam Hood will be available for the Saints game having missed the Hull KR defeat due to concussion protocol.

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