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Super League coach “will be having conversations with individuals” as he questions effort

Wakefield Trinity have now lost all nine of their opening games and have failed to score in five of those nine as pressure mounts on the side at the bottom of the league four points adrift.

After losing 32-0 to Leigh Leopards yesterday, Wakefield boss Mark Applegarth has questioned his side’s performances, quality and effort.

He said on BBC Radio Leeds: “I feel I’ve a team that’s prepared as well as they can this week. I don’t think we’ve executed it in terms of  the team, I feel some just haven’t hit the levels required to perform at this standard.

“That’s the reality of it and they’re conversations that I’ll have with those individual players. From a team point of view we need to find a way to strengthen those areas if people keep coming up with them efforts and performances, then they’re not learning their lesson.

“You can stomach it if it’s an error that happens once and then someone learns but if we keep on making the same errors time and time again then there’s a bigger issue.

“You’ve got to stand up and be counted, we’re talking fully grown men here. I’m not dealing with an under 18s team where they’re learning about life. You’ve got to stand up, this is what you earn your bread for. You’ve got to put your best foot forward every single week, you can’t rely on someone else to pump your tyres up.

“Confidence does need to come back but let’s not hide away from it, we’ve all got  a responsibility for that. We can’t rely on others, you’ve got to do it yourself.

“Scoring how we are is not good enough so we’re obviously not good enough in attack at this level at this moment in time, I’ve got to take responsibility for that because I’m head coach so I’ll be trying to fix it. If that means bringing different players in that can execute the skill how we need it to be executed then so be it, that’s what I’ll do if players become available.”

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