Chris Chester seeks consistency

Wakefield coach Chris Chester says his side must display more consistency if they are to match teams at the top of the table.

Chester watched on as his side put in an improved performance against Catalans, going down 36-24 a week on from a humiliating 58-0 reverse.

But Trinity were still on the wrong end of the scoreline as they registered their third straight defeat post-lockdown, and Chester said their inability to play for 80 minutes is costing his side dear.

“We are a good footy side when we play for 80 minutes,” he said.

“But unfortunately, we are not finding consistency.

“We’re playing well for parts of the game, but then we take our foot off the gas and come up with some really poor errors.

“We had plenty of spirit, but we just were not good enough again on the day.

“I am satisfied with the response to last week, but not with the result. We genuinely thought we would come here and get a win, but unfortunately it has not happened tonight so we are all extremely disappointed.”

Meanwhile, Chester said earlier in the week the club would do all it could to keep Tom Johnstone at the club amid NRL interest from St George Illawarra Dragons.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” said Chester.

“Tom is one of our best players and he’s a special talent who can finish and has good leg speed. But he’s happy here and I know the club will fight tooth and nail to keep him at Wakefield Trinity.

“I’ve nothing really to say on it, but I’d like Tom Johnstone to stay. So until we hear anything from an NRL club, he’s still got another two years left of his contract.”

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