WHITEHAVEN RL had success in their recent derby game. 

Whitehaven defeated Workington Town 22-28 in an away game over the weekend. 

Head coach Jonty Gorley has spoken about their performance, speaking to Jordan Weir, he said: "It was very disappointing in the first half, we talked all week about how we started the game at Halifax. 

"In a local derby you have to be fired up from the get-go and fair play to Workington I thought they were, they were by far the better side in the first half, we were awful. 

"We can't just expect to turn up and roll teams over because it doesn't happen especially if you give any team the possession and field position that we did. 

"Workington did it today and scored two or three tries in the first half off our errors, the first two were off our knock-ons, they're just schoolboy errors and we've got to be miles better than that. 

"Even in the first half we were around 16-12 down by halftime but we did what happened last week at Halifax. 

"Rather than just building pressure we had five good ball sets and completed one set. We just picked the wrong option our skill was poor."

He continued: "I think because of how we were, we were trying to catch up but there was 60 minutes left. 

"They just needed to calm down and get back on the horse, and I thought we did that in the second half. 

"We talked about it at half-time, we are a better side when we're direct."

Jonty explained that he and the team are continuing to work on their weaker points during training sessions. 

The squad had prepared for the game in one of the sessions in the week leading up to the derby game. 

He explained that Whitehaven needs further training and work before they go into the season ahead and he feels that another game will be beneficial to the squad's progress.