Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester insists Sunday’s huge clash with former club Hull KR is ‘win at all costs’.
Following a dismal run of form in recent weeks, Trinity would see their four-point buffer to the bottom four cut in half on Sunday if they lose to Tim Sheens’ Robins.
And Chester has made no attempt to downplay the game on Sunday – saying it is vital Trinity begin to pull away from any talk of being dragged into a battle to avoid the Qualifiers.
“This is a win at all costs game for us this weekend, and that’s what we’ve discussed during the week,” he said.
“We just have to do what we need to do to win; I don’t mind winning ugly, as long as we get the win this weekend. It would just give everyone a big boost in terms of confidence – we don’t want to get dragged into that bottom four situation.
“Nobody wants to be in there and with Catalans winning last week, and Huddersfield playing Widnes (on Friday), there’s some teams getting closer. It’s important we don’t get dragged in and as I say, it’s win at all costs but I’m expecting a good performance.”
The Robins have only won three times since returning to Super League this season, but Chester admits he can see similarities between his own side and Hull KR.
“They never seem to give up – they’re similar to us in the fact that they’ve been involved in every single game barring one or two,” he said.
“They play a brand of football that is hard to defend against and they’ve got some good outside backs; I’ve been impressed with Junior Vaivai since he got here and we’ve got to make sure we front up this week. They’re a similar side to ourselves as I say, but we’re focussing on us this week and how we can win the game.”
And Chester said Trinity have gone back to basics in an attempt to rediscover their winning touch.
He said: “We’ve done a hell of a lot of work on the offensive side of the game. Defensively we were good last week, and a lot of defence is down to attitude – in terms of that, we were pretty good.
“We’ve stripped everything back in terms of where we’re going to attack from, what plays we’re going to put on and we’ll just focus on what we do well.”