Moore heaps praise on Chester

Wakefield hooker Scott Moore has claimed that life under previous coach Brian Smith was somewhat “erratic” and that the feeling within the club has improved under Chris Chester.

The Wildcats have moved to within touching distance of the top eight under Chester, picking up wins against the likes of Huddersfield and Wigan since he took charge.

“Mainly, yes,” said Moore, when asked if a new voice has helped the group.

“He’s sorted our defence out and given us a structure to play with that gives us a free rein, too.

“Everyone knows what they are doing now. It was a bit up in the air at times under Brian – he could be a bit erratic at times – but what Chezzy has done suits us.”

Moore has only recently returned to the Wakefield team after a disappointing bicep injury suffered at the start of their pre-season campaign against Leeds on Boxing Day.

“It was frustrating,” he said.

“I had a really good pre-season and got in good shape, only to do that in the first 30 seconds of that friendly.

“You have to take the rough with the smooth though, and if it had to happen that was probably the best time to do it. I’ve only missed a handful of games, whereas if I was to do it now I’d probably miss the rest of the season.”

Despite impressing on his return to the team, Moore insists there’s still plenty more to come from him.

“I’m playing alright – not amazing,” he said.

“I’m just trying to get my match fitness back. Coming back at Easter with three games in nine days is never easy, especially after not playing for six months.

“I just need to work on my tackle technique and match fitness, but I’m building week to week and hopefully can retain some form.”