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Super League: Wakefield coach James Webster delighted as Wildcats win again

Last updated: 11th July 2014  


Super League: Wakefield coach James Webster delighted as Wildcats win again

James Webster: Delighted by the efforts of his players after they edged out Widnes

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Coach James Webster refused to take the credit after his Wakefield side maintained their unbeaten run under him to boost their First Utility Super League playoff hopes.

A nail-biting 12-10 success over Widnes enabled the Wildcats to make it four wins and a draw from their last five outings to close to within two points of the eighth-placed Vikings with seven matches matches left of the regular season.

Wakefield trailed only 4-0 at half-time despite spending most of the first period inside their own half and then hit the visitors with two tries in five minutes through Tim Smith and Nick Scruton.

"The amount of defence we had to do in the first half was unbelievable," said Webster, who succeeded Richard Agar as head coach six weeks ago. "It was no different to what we had to do against Hull and at times against Leeds.

"Yet again the boys have found a way. My press conferences are pretty boring at the moment because I'm repeating myself every week. They're trying ridiculously hard and are playing hard for each other.

"That's not me - it's them. They've a commitment to each other to get out there and work hard for each other. The proof is in the puddling - they got the result yet again."

The pivotal moment came when Wakefield centre Jimmy Keinhorst raced back to stop Widnes winger Patrick Ah Van just short of the tryline early in the second half after he had intercepted Smith's pass to sprint 80 metres upfield.

"We had no right to stop that try - they had every right to score there – and that was the turning point of the game," Webster added.

Betts bemoans decisions

Widnes gave themselves renewed hope when centre Stefan Marsh went over for their second try and Ah Van went close in the final minute to snatching what coach Denis Betts believes would have been a deserved victory.

Betts insists that Smith's try should have been disallowed because Wakefield prop Richard Moore was offside when he made the tackle that forced Alex Gerrard to spill a crucial pass near his own line.

"He was three metres offside but the referee never checked it and that's the consistency in the game," Betts said. "I'm sat here frustrated because it was a game we should have won."

The Vikings have now won just one of their last eight matches and will fall out of the play-off places on Friday night if Hull KR beat Leeds, but Betts is not concerned about his team's form.

"I know we keep falling over but I honestly believe we're falling forward," he said. "We've played particularly well in the last two weeks - we just haven't got anything on the board to show for it, which is what it's all about."

After having home advantage throughout their purple patch, Wakefield must take their improved form on their travels if they are to reach the top eight, and Webster admits they will need to up their game.

"Effort gives you a chance of winning games but sometimes you have to be smarter.than that," he said. "We have somehow got to keep up that level of effort and come up with a bit better footy on top of it."

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Super League Table

Super League Table - September 14 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 27 38
2 Wigan Warriors 27 37
3 Huddersfield Giants 27 37
4 Castleford Tigers 27 36
5 Warrington Wolves 27 35
6 Leeds Rhinos 27 32
7 Catalans Dragons 27 29
8 Widnes Vikings 27 27
9 Hull K R 27 23
10 Salford Red Devils 27 23
11 Hull FC 27 22
12 Wakefield Wildcats 27 21
13 Bradford Bulls * 27 10
14 London Broncos 27 2
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Thursday 5th February
20:00Widnes vs Wigan
Friday 6th February
20:00St Helens vs Catalans Dragons
Sunday 8th February
15:00Huddersfield vs Hull
15:00Warrington vs Salford
15:00Hull K R vs Leeds
15:30Castleford vs Wakefield
Thursday 12th February
20:00Salford vs St Helens
Friday 13th February
20:00Hull vs Warrington
20:00Leeds vs Widnes
20:00Wigan vs Huddersfield
Today's Results
TimeResult
First Utility Super League
Saturday 11th October
St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan
Friday 3rd October
Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington
Thursday 2nd October
St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons
Friday 26th September
Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons
Thursday 25th September
Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington
Saturday 20th September
Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons
Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes
Friday 19th September
St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford
Thursday 18th September
Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield
Sunday 14th September
Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R

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