Chester backs under-pressure halves
19 August 2019 - Written by John Davidson
Wakefield coach Chris Chester also defended his under-fire playmakers Jacob Miller and Danny Brough after his team defeated Hull KR 38-10.
Heading into the game Trinity had lost five matches in a row, as well as 10 of their past 11 fixtures, and were equal bottom of the Super League ladder.
Miller and Brough have taken a lot of the blame from frustrated fans in recent weeks. But against the Robins Miller crossed for two tries while Brough put on a kicking masterclass.
Chester believes the pair’s display at KCOM Craven Park should have silenced some of their critics.
“The halves have been getting a lot of criticism, from the media and on social media, but I thought they certainly shut up a few people today,” Chester said.
“Broughy’s kicking game was fantastic, he landed a 40-20 against the wind in the first half.
“Milky was excellent. They’ve just got to run the ball more and they both ran the ball really, really well.”
Chester believes his club is not safe from relegation yet, despite their dominant win over fellow relegation battlers Hull KR.
The victory moves Trinity two points above the Super League drop zone, to 20 points, with three rounds left.
Chester admitted his huge relief to get the victory, but believes the relegation battle still has some twists and turns to come.
“It’s been a really challenging period, probably the most challenging period in my career as a coach,” he said.
“That performance was first-class from my boys, I’m really proud of them. Just to keep them scoreless in that second half.
“The desperation we showed on the try-line…We were desperate today, we knew how important this game was. We were probably the more desperate of the two teams.
“It’s [survival] in our hands. We just have to make sure we keep performing like we did.
“It’s probably one of the best 80-minute performances we’ve had as a group for a hell of a long time. I was really pleased with the start of the game.
“That was a strong win. We had a lot of defending to do on the tryline and we kept coming up with the right answers.
“We completed 91% in the second half and obviously won the score count 24-0 in the second half – it’s very, very pleasing. We’re all delighted.
“I got a bit emotional with the boys in the dressing room. It’s a huge, huge relief.
“Coaching can be a lonely place sometimes, and it’s certainly been a lonely place these eight, nine weeks.”