Super League: Wakefield's forwards win plaudits after win at Hull
Last Updated: July 3, 2013 12:37pm
Wakefield: Won their third in a row on Monday night
Stevo says Wakefield's forward pack are driving them up the Super League after seeing the Wildcats strengthen their play-off hopes with a 27-26 win at Hull FC on Monday night.
Ben Crooks ran in three tries for the hosts but found himself on the losing side as coach Richard Agar orchestrated a Wildcats win over his former side.
"Wakefield really did commit themselves fully to the 80 minutes of hard work and it paid off for them in the end."
The Black and Whites levelled the scores with a 73rd minute try from Kirk Yeaman, but Lee Smith converted a last-gasp drop goal to move the visitors to within two points of eighth-placed St Helens with a game in hand.
However, Stevo was keen to applaud the work of the Wildcats' forwards after the final whistle.
"Wakefield have won three on the trot and that lifts the confidence," he told Sky Sports.
"The forward pack in the second half was absolutely outstanding and got them into a good position.
"We know the quality of [scrum half] Tim Smith, who is a very good player, and his combination with [stand-off] Paul Sykes was also important, but the win came from solid hard work from the forwards.
"You don't have to be Einstein and you don't have to have too many brains; hard work gets them in that position and when you have the likes of Tim Smith, he can do the business for you."
The victory would have been a sweet one for Agar, who spent three years with Hull before switching to the Wildcats.
However, John Kear, who had Agar as his assistant during his tenure with the Black and Whites, reckons the Wildcats' overall performance would have been more pleasing to their coach than the fact he has scored one over his old side.
"Richard Agar will be pleased for himself but he'll be absolutely delighted for his team," said Kear.
"They really did commit themselves fully to the 80 minutes of hard work and it paid off for them in the end, alongside some smart decisions, some excellent work by Smith and some good forward play."
However, Kear conceded there are fewer positives for Hull FC to reflect on after suffering their third straight defeat and slipping below rivals Hull KR after Super League round 20.
"They aren't playing well," said the former Hull boss.
"They went over to Catalan and got a hiding, played against Castleford and you thought they may pinch the win but here I thought Wakefield were the better team. The scoreboard reflected the comparative performances."
Meanwhile, Stevo felt the hosts should have capitalised on a strong second-half position by taking on the drop goal for a psychological - rather than substantial numerical - gain over their opponents.
"When Hull were leading at 22-16 - and I know I'm an advocate of the one pointer - that would have seen the Wakefield heads go down, it would have looked as though Hull were controlling the match," Stevo added.
"But they ignored the opportunity, they went for a simple kick, there was the break, and Wakefield turned it around."