Chester emphasises the value of belief following Wigan demolition

Chris Chester was as surprised as anyone after witnessing his Wakefield side decimate Wigan 62-0.

The Wildcats registered their fourth successive victory and their joint most emphatic in the Super League era.

Wakefield’s only 62-point victory in Super League before this match was a 68-6 victory over Halifax in 2003, and Chester admitted: “I thought it was going to be hell of a lot closer. I know they’ve been struggling with injuries and they’ve had a bug go through the camp but I certainly wasn’t expecting that scoreline.

“It just shows what a little bit of belief does to a group of players. From one to 17 today they were outstanding and what pleased me was what they did without the ball. We scored some really fancy tries but to keep a Wigan side to zero points takes a special effort.

“There were lots of special efforts out there today. I think that’s probably the best team performance there’s been in a long time in Super League. I thought what we did was exceptional and I’m proud of everybody involved.

“They are starting to believe in themselves a bit more. It’s been a good few weeks. We need to make sure we’re grounded but we’re a confident side at the moment and we need to enjoy the journey.”

A full-page report of Wakefield’s victory, plus news on the future of Tom Johnstone, can be found in this week’s League Express, in stores now or available online here.