Willie Poching: The fight is still on, we need to do that again

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Wakefield coach Willie Poching was proud his side ended their derby drought with Castleford, but warned their relegation fight goes on.

Trinity lifted themselves off the bottom of the Super League table with a 32-6 derby win over Castleford on Friday night.

Poching revealed he heard that Toulouse lost 30-6 against Hull in the earlier game just before kick-off at the Jungle.

“Whether that was a boost I’m not too sure but it’s a pretty good night for us overall,” Poching said.

“But the fight is still on, there’s a long road ahead and the challenge for us, as it was last week, is to go and do that again.”

Willie Poching delighted to end derby drought

Poching’s side not only halted a five-match losing run – but they ended a wait of 2,728 days for a derby win over their rivals Castleford.

“It’s special, I suppose,” said Poching. “I understand what it means to the people who pay their money to follow this team every week and have done for years.

“Some of the players and members of the board have endured those 2,000-odd days and it’s been tough.

“But we can sit back and enjoy it. It was a very good performance tonight. Everyone involved in the club can enjoy this weekend.

“I was proud of the players last week and I’m even prouder this week, especially with a short turnaround. I asked them for the same effort and they found it in them.

“I thought the implementation of the game plan, the kick-chases, was outstanding.”

The fight for Super League survival goes on next week. Toulouse travel to Hull KR on Thursday, whilst Wakefield welcome Catalans to Belle Vue on Sunday.

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