“We’re in control of it” – Willie Poching still confident of survival and laments “crucial” sin bins as Wakefield Trinity lose to Toulouse

Wakefield Trinity are well and truly in peril now.

After a few close brushes with relegation in the past namely their battle with rivals Castleford in 2006 and the four way last day battle for survival in 2019, Trinity are once again looking over their shoulders as they look to avoid the drop yet again.

A win today would’ve almost secured their safety as it would have opened up a six point gap between them and bottom club Toulouse but instead now just two points separate the two at the bottom of the table.

Trinity became the first team to lose to Toulouse in the UK as the French side not only notched their first win away from France but also chalked up back-to-back wins for the first time in Super League.

With Toulouse having a fair few home games, they may even be considered to have the advantage in the race to avoid the drop but all Wakefield can do now is get back to winning games.

After the game, Poching gave his thoughts on the defeat: “Disappointed we through such an advantageous situation. We were in so much control. I’m disappointed.

“Losing two men on separate occasions playing with 12 men for 20 minutes was crucial.

“They piled on the points and they were off. We need to manage that situation better than what we did.”

“With 13 men in the first half we were in control. When we went to 12 men we didn’t quite get the control.

“There was 20 minutes or so where we didn’t touch the ball.”

He also gave his opinion on the two yellow cards themselves: “The first one I’m not sure. The second one we shouldn’t put the referee in the position to make that decision.”

This definitely leaves Wakefield in a perilous position but Poching believes they are still in control: “We’re in control of it. There’s still more footy to play and that starts next week.”

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