Willie Poching remaining calm despite Wakefield defeat in Toulouse

Willie Poching Wakefield Trinity
Wakefield coach Willie Poching

Wakefield coach Willie Poching is remaining positive despite his side’s 20-14 defeat against Super League rivals Toulouse.

Trinity were 10-6 ahead at half-time in the south of France on Sunday, but the hosts fought back in the second half to claim their second win of the season.

Rock-bottom Toulouse are now just two points behind 11th-placed Wakefield after Sunday’s win as the French club seek Super League survival.

But Poching kept a level head after the game and says there is plenty of time left in the season to conjure up some wins.

He said: “We had a plan but it didn’t work out for several reasons.

“They controlled the ball better than we did and we fell into a trap which is really disappointing.

“Our second half wasn’t good enough and it is something that has been an issue this season.

“There’s always pressure in games but as far as we trained and prepared I was happy and comfortable with our approach – but we didn’t really execute in good ball, there was a little bit of edginess.

“The tempo of the game didn’t suit us, we should play with a bit more step and jump. I won’t use the weather as an excuse.”

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Wakefield travel to Headingley on Friday night to face Leeds, who sit just one point above them in the Super League table.

Poching said: “It’s you guys in the media who build up these games. There is so much to play for in the rest of the season. It’s up to us to move on from this.

“I don’t think we have any major injury issues from this game. We’ve just got to get up and go at Headingley against a team with a new coach and a spring in its step.

“There’s still a lot to play for, a lot in front of us. We’ve got to get those wins and get them soon.”

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  1. Well said Willie Poaching,learn from the mistakes and go again on Friday, 54 years since the “Watersplash Final” I bought a signed copy of Ian Brookes book on Saturday and shook the great man’s hand, keep the faith Trinity!

  2. Great to hear your experience with Ian Brooke. I consider him a good friend in spite of living in Argentina for more than forty years. A truly great player and a wonderful person. I played amateur league with Ian at Eastmoor and accompanied him to Belle-Vue when he was appointed Coach at Wakefield in the late’70’s.I was fortunate to play a number of reserve grade games under Ian as well as coaching such as Kelley, Plummer and Tinker with the Academy side.

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