Wakefield Trinity Ladies’ Head Coach, Charlie Doherty, speaks to the media ahead of this weekend’s trip to nearby neighbours Featherstone Rovers Ladies.
Reflecting on the Bradford defeat, how proud are you of the side’s performance?
The Bradford game showed us what we need to work on especially attacking-wise. We gave them too many chances through our errors. I think our defence stood up well and better than it has in previous weeks and that’s a real positive that we’re focussing on going forward.
How much progression has the squad taken since the first week against Castleford?
I think we’re getting there, slowly but surely. Everyone’s buying into what we as staff are wanting to implement and it’s created a positive environment within the squad, which has then shown improvements on the field.
There were some big performances on Saturday – who really stood up to the challenge?
There were some great performances against Bradford on both sides of the ball. It was great to see Megan Preston get her first try for us; Sophia Liu had a standout performance on her debut and managed to get over the line; Grace Firth, who’s new to us this season, put in a solid performance at prop; Liv Cummins had another great defensive performance and is someone we know we can rely on in those tough defensive moments. That’s just to name a few, we had players all over that had good performances we just need to link all those together now.
We have already faced Featherstone once so far this season – how much have you learned since that last game?
We know Featherstone is a tough side that likes to play strong running rugby and is tough in defence so that’s what we expect again.
What will make for a positive game against Rovers when we face them on Sunday?
I want us to battle for everything, keep a positive outlook through the game, and play how we know we can. We know how they play, it’s now about us focussing on us and getting stuck in and letting them know they’re in a game.
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