Smith frustrated with defensive efforts

Wakefield head coach Brian Smith criticised his side’s defensive display as they were defeated 42-28 by Catalans.

The Wildcats were put to the sword early on and trailed 26-0, before mounting an unbelievable comeback to bring the scores back to 26-22. However, Catalans showcased their class late on the win comfortably.

Although Smith was pleased with his side’s efforts, he was frustrated with the frail defence.

“I’m very disappointed with our defensive performance in the first half,” he said.

“We got ourselves back in the game but let ourselves down with our defensive problems.

“If you give up 42 points you’re never going to win a game. That part was very disappointing because we’re generally better than that.

“There were positives; we scored the last try of the game and the boys were plugging away, but there’s an old NFL adage – you get no medals for trying.

“You’ve got to be better than that and it cost us dearly. I heard somewhere that the opposition were referred to as the Catalans Kangaroos – and they looked like the Kangaroos at times. Some of their attacking performances were way too good for us.”