Mason Lino: Wakefield Trinity magic man hailed by Willie Poching

Drew Darbyshire
Mason Lino Wakefield Trinity PA

Wakefield coach Willie Poching full of praise for half-back Mason Lino after his man of the match display in their 38-22 win at Warrington.

The 28-year-old picked up a tally of 18 points in Trinity’s shock win at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday.

Wakefield followed up their first win of the season against Toulouse with a remarkable win at Warrington.

On Lino, who scored a try and kicked seven goals, Poching said: “Mason was good all day. His running threat was dangerous and he kicked well to find us field position.

“Throughout the week he marshalled the troops and nailed the plan we were after and got everyone to follow him.

“He is the general, the half-back you’re after and that was close to one of his best games for Wakefield.”


Willie Poching: Toulouse win gave us breathing space

Matty Ashurst, Liam Hood, Jordan Crowther and Corey Hall also scored for Wakefield.

Poching felt as though their win over Toulouse the previous week released pressure on his team.

He added: “As tough and as nervy as the game was against Toulouse last week it gave us some breathing space; and some indication of what we can do if we apply the same effort.

“There was a nice relaxed approach to the game in preparation for today after a bit of pressure release after the Toulouse game.

“I was pretty happy with the performance today, not fully satisfied. But really happy to get the result and see the guys stay in the fight.

“You have to keep playing right through to the end against a side with the quality Warrington have. And we did that.

“Some of our defence was off, particularly at the start, and to have the opposition pick a hole through your middle so early on can be alarming.

“But fortunately we were able to respond with a try and got to put some scoreboard pressure on them. And then to manufacture the win by making the adjustments necessary says a lot of how we have grown as a group.”

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