Wakefield Trinity Ladies’ captain, Saskia Lewis, admitted that the side was “disappointed” to exit the Challenge Cup as Oulton progressed on Sunday.
With an eight-point deficit at half-time, Trinity found some form as Lauren Harvey and Libby Priestly crashed over in the second period to level the scores at the Be Well Support Stadium.
However, it would be the visitors who would take the spoils on the day, taking a two-point penalty conversion just minutes from the hooter to secure their place in the next round.
“Sunday’s performance was really disappointing,” said Saskia, reflecting on the weekend’s performance.
“We just weren’t good enough, and we know we can be so much better. In parts, our defence looked good, but we needed to be a lot smarter in attack.
“I think the main area we fell on was our communication on the pitch.
“This let us down in a lot of areas. We didn’t play smart either, so that’s something we need to get better at.”
With three games down, the side now looks to build on their Challenge Cup campaign when we head to Warrington for a Nine’s festival before the league starts on the 15th May.
However, with a few weeks to prepare and a strong team spirit within the camp, Saskia is looking to put last weekend’s performance behind them and push forward.
“Although the weekend’s result was really disappointing, we will put that behind us now and look forward to the league beginning in May.
“We will pick ourselves up and go again with a new focus on the league.”
After not playing any competitive rugby since 2021, the Challenge Cup at the start of the calendar year offered a lot of learning curves for the squad.
With a relatively new pack with new ideas, the side can use this as an opportunity to grow, something that the whole squad is looking to put into action.
“I’ve enjoyed the Challenge Cup, getting to play against some teams that we won’t face in the league has been a good experience.
“It has been a good test for us and has shown what areas we need to work on and fix up before the league begins.
“It’s also given us the chance to play together for the first time as we’ve made a lot of new signings over pre-season, so we are still getting used to playing alongside each other.”
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