Mark Applegarth disappointed by “dumb rugby”

It is four defeats in a row to start the season for Wakefield and three games without a try after they lost 26-0 to Leeds Rhinos on Friday.

However, as was the case against Huddersfield Giants in Round Three, Trinity were well in the game at halftime at 0-0.

But in the end the game got away from them and that was the assessment of coach Mark Applegarth who was left disappointed by his side’s dumb rugby which he felt was ultimately the reason they came unstuck in a game that was well in the balance after 40 minutes.

He said after the game: “I thought we were right in it until the first 10 minutes of the second half.

“We can’t just keep saying it, we gave four penalties in that 10 minute period and Leeds took full advantage and started rolling us.

“We have to learn to hang in there and play the game in the right areas.

“We’re inviting too much pressure onto ourselves. I can’t fault anyone for effort, everyone ran their blood to water out there but we played some dumb rugby, we need to get some smarts about us and more composure to what we do.

“We’re in week four, we need to start learning lessons and learning them quick.”

Wakefield now go to Salford Red Devils next week who beat Hull FC 60-14 yesterday,

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