Wakefield can improve – Webster

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Published: Sunday 15th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Wakefield coach James Webster watched his side make it two wins from two at the start of Super League and warned there is more to come from his unfancied team.

The Wildcats were widely predicted to finish bottom of the league this year but they currently sit alongside St Helens at the top after following up their 24-22 opening-round win at Castleford with a resounding 44-24 home victory over Hull KR.

They were leading only 22-18 after an hour but former Warrington winger Chris Riley went over for three tries in an 11-minute spell to put them out of sight and ex-Hull half-back Jacob Miller completed his hat-trick shortly afterwards to make it a memorable home debut.

“I thought we kept inviting them back into the game,” Webster said. ” The game was in the balance with 15 minutes to go but I honestly thought, if we had put our foot on the pedal from the start, we could have blown them away.

“Chris Riley is a great player. We were really lucky to be able to get him. I was really surprised Warrington allowed him to come on loan. He’s been fantastic for us.

“There is still a lot of improvement in us but we’ve got some players that can score us some points.

“We’ve got a week off now, which is good because we’ve picked up a couple of knocks. We won’t get ahead of ourselves but we’ve improved and I am very happy.”

Hull KR led 16-12 after half an hour thanks to tries from Albert Kelly and Tyrone McCarthy but were outplayed in the second half, when further tries from Ken Sio and debutant Ryan Bailey proved little more than consolation.

Webster, a former captain of Rovers, had words of comfort for his old club, saying: “T hey’ve got 13 new faces and it’s going to take time to gel. T hey will get better as the year goes on.”

Josh Mantellato followed up his 100 per cent goalkicking efforts in the 40-30 defeat by Leeds with four from four against Wakefield.

H ull KR boss Chris Chester was encouraged by the debut of Bailey and French hooker John Boudebza but admits his side have much to do following back-to-back defeats.

“I’m extremely disappointed,” Chester said. “I don’t think Wakefield had to work hard for their tries.

“We made far too many errors with the ball and that’s not acceptable. We weren’t good enough. Wakefield well deserved the win.

“We need to stick together and work hard in training, There are no quick fixes. W e’ve a lot of problems to fix up because we were a long way off.”

Published: Sunday 15th February 2015 by The News Editor

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