28th March 2018, 14:00 | super_league

Chester confident despite setbacks

Chester confident despite setbacks

Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester insists back-to-back defeats have not dented his side’s confidence as they prepare to kick off the busy Easter programme with a derby against Castleford Tigers.

Trinity made their best-ever start to a Super League campaign with four successive wins but, after slipping up on the road against Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves, are now in danger of recording three consecutive defeats.

“We’re still full of confidence, we still fancy our chances,” Chester said. “We’ve played two games away from home against two improving teams.

“I think Wigan are the best team in the comp at the minute and Warrington have signed some players in the off-season who are starting to come good.

“There’s lots of things for us to fix up. We’re at home, we’ve got a big local crowd behind us and that will hopefully help get us the result.”

Wakefield remain third in the Betfred Super League table and Tigers coach Daryl Powell is full of respect for the neighbours.

“Wakefield are one of the most dangerous teams in the competition,” Powell said.

“They are moving the ball fluently, their half-backs are playing well, they have a big pack and their outside-backs are excellent.

”We know we’ll need to perform well to get the points on offer on Thursday night.”

Powell’s men will leapfrog their derby rivals in the table if they extend a winning run to five matches and they will go into the match on a high after their thrilling win over champions Leeds Rhinos.

“We’ve had some real tough games against them in the last 12 months,” Chester added.

“I felt we should have got a result at home last year, when we got beat on the bell by a point.

“It’s important we take it to them tomorrow. I am looking for an aggressive start because we need to get on the front foot and limit Luke Gale and Ben Roberts’ time on the ball.

“They’ve got a great pack – I’ve been really impressed by Junior Moors who gives them great go-forward and in Paul McShane they have probably the smartest dummy-half in the competition at the minute.”

Wakefield have lost skipper Danny Kirmond with a hamstring injury, while prop David Fifita remains sidelined with a niggling groin strain.

“Danny’s injury is not as bad as first feared and he has a chance for Monday,” said Chester, whose side go to Hull FC in their second Easter fixture.

“David’s groin is an ongoing problem. He’s had a couple of injections but it’s not settled down. However, we’ve still plenty of depth.”

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