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Thursday 14th
posted by Morning Star in Sport

WAKEFIELD coach Chris Chester hit out at fans of the club for their abuse of Scott Grix and is tipping the veteran to bounce back in today’s key Super 8s clash with Hull.

Grix blotted an otherwise impressive performance with a defensive error in the closing stages of Trinity’s game against St Helens last Thursday which resulted in a potentially costly defeat.

Chester sprung to the defence of the 33-year-old Ireland international in the postmatch press conference but that did not prevent the player coming under intense criticism on social media.

“He copped some ridiculous stick and what disappointed me more than anything was the stick that he’s received from his own fans from behind the keyboard,” Chester said.

“I’m very disappointed to be associated with those Wake- field fans. Some of it has been just disgusting which I wouldn’t expect from any fan, never mind our own.

“He’s probably been our best player this year and he didn’t deserve the abuse and criticism that he got. First and foremost Grixy is a very good rugby league player and off the field he’s a very good person as well.

“But that’s been put to bed now. Grixy will play this week. He’s regularly been in the top two or three players every single week this year and he’ll want to make amends for last week. He’s trained very well this week and he’s a very important player for this team moving forward.”

Despite their last-gasp defeat to the Saints, Chester’s men still have their fate in their own hands, knowing that victory at the Circle tonight and at home to Wigan in their last Super 8s fixture on Saturday week will secure a maiden play-off semi-final.