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Wildcats boss praises players for handling tough week
John Kear praised his embattled Wakefield Wildcats for keeping their focus after a tough week to beat Catalans Dragons on Saturday.
Despite such a tough week off the field, Wakefield showed up in good form in Perpignan to hand out a sound 38-14 beating to the French side.
The win instantly grabbed back two of the four points the club were docked for going into administration, and with so much off-field turmoil Kear had nothing but praise for the way his players dealt with it.
"I think you have to applaud the players tonight," he said. "It's been a hell of a week.
"We've lost three senior players from our squad for various reasons, and our financial problems have been well documented in the local and national media, but we have a new owner now which will offer us some off-field stability.
"The players trained marvellously on Thursday and we travelled over here on Friday and we managed to have a good little session this morning - just a very light one - but you could tell there was something there amongst the players.
"Intensity and focus were both there and I think the performance tonight reflects that."
Kear revealed the Wakefield game-plan was to stay close to their hosts for as long as possible.
"I thought Catalan started the game well and we got into the arm wrestle well and I think you need to compliment Catalan for how they started," he said.
"We had our own little targets to be in the game at certain points and we managed to grab a breakaway try which calmed one or two people in the camp down.
"From then on, although Catalan had their spells, I thought we dominated."
A clearly disappointed Catalan coach, Trent Robinson, reflected on a poor performance and a second defeat after losing 11-1 against Harlequins last week.
"I thought we started pretty well - a lot better than last week," he said. "But then they got the one-on-one strip and it was tough on us for them to get their first try in that way.
"We had a poor ethic on the second try. We need to know how to claw our way back into games. We didn't manage it last week, and although we were better this week, we didn't manage it this week either.
"Given the amount of turnovers we came up with tonight, we didn't get enough possession to look like getting back in the game."
Robinson was left disappointed with how his side reacted to going 14 points down so early in the game.
"Sometimes you've got to know when to conserve the pass and when to put out that game-breaking ball," he said.
"Although we moved the ball around, you've got to know when to throw that last pass or hold and protect it and go into the contact.
"You can't win a game when you complete your sets as poorly as what we did tonight."
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