Wakefield Trinity went down 14-12 at home to Huddersfield Giants tonight.
It was a spirited performance from Trinity, but after a fine first-half, their second forty minutes was lacking and head coach Willie Poching was seriously disappointed.
“We thought we were in a commanding position at half-time with the performance and how we were playing but we didn’t quite kick on in the second-half,” Poching said.
“We’ve had to defend four or five early sets in the second-half, we had ourselves in a position to kick on from there but I was disappointed – the performance in the second half wasn’t good enough.
“It’s a tough schedule this time of year, but that game was in our hands.
“Full credit to Huddersfield they played the game they came to play but we had some big chances to cross the whitewash.”
Poching did have some great words to say about winger Lewis Murphy, who crossed for a brilliant try on the stroke of half-time.
“Young Lewis Murphy was a great positive for us and it indicates that he belongs here and that he’s setting himself up to be a Super League player.”
Late in the game, Trinity were forced to go down to 12 men when Jacob Miller was shown a green card for an injured shoulder.
He returned two minutes later, but Wakefield had been a man down for the entirety of that period and Poching reveals he still doesn’t understand that rule.
“I still don’t understand it, I need to get my head around it and when it is used.
“They seemed to have one down and he got to stay on the field – when is it supposed to be used?
“It’s only been used a handful of times.”