Things will turn around, says Wakefield boss Chris Chester


Wakefield coach Chris Chester is confident his side’s fortunes will soon change after a 38-18 defeat by Catalans left them still looking for a first win of the season.

Former New Zealand centre Dean Whare scored his first tries for the Catalans and former Wigan winger Tom Davies scored a hat-trick against Trinity for the second successive season to help them to a victory that keeps them in touch with the Betfred Super League leaders.

Wakefield, who were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by the French side in April, put on a stoical show and trailed by only two points after 68 minutes before conceding 18 points in the last 12 minutes.

Chester said: “It’s another disappointing loss for us, another game where we had a hell of a lot of effort, just a lack of quality.

“It’s really tough going at the minute. The energy levels were great again, I’ll never question their effort.

“But we had five or six sets on their line in the first half but we couldn’t get a drop-out and that led to pressure releases.

“It’s individuals who keep hurting us, we’ve just got to make sure those individuals don’t keep making the same mistakes.

“I don’t think there was anything between the two sides. We’re in a tough spell at moment and things don’t quite go your way but we’re confident things will turn around.

“At 20-18, I thought we had them. I thought the Liam Kay disallowed try was really tough. That was a bad decision.”

Full-back Olly Ashall-Bott, who has joined Trinity on loan from Huddersfield, scored a try on his debut and Chester was also encouraged by the appearance of another loanee, St Helens hooker Josh Eaves.

Chester said: “Young Josh looked heavy-legged but he showed some good touches. Olly took his try really well, there is no substitute for speed.

“The more they train with us, the better those those two guys will be.”

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