AGAR PRAISE FOR EVOLVING WILDCATS
Richard Agar was full of praise for his evolving side after the most impressive win of his tenure as Wildcats head coach.
Wakefield were good value for their 38-18 success over the World Champions in front of a packed Rapid Solicitors Stadium with seven different try scorers getting over the whitewash.
After going into the break ahead, the Wildcats saw Leeds cmme roaring back in typical fashion, but whereas earlier in the season Wakefield may have wilted under the pressure, they responded and took the game away from the Champions for what was only a second ever home Super League win in sixteen meetings between the two clubs.
“We have been evolving as a side,” Agar said after the game, with his full post-match press conference available on Wildcats TV HERE.
“I think in the last two weeks we’ve defended as well as we have defended and we’ve found a style and playing to our strengths is a handful for most teams if we get enough of the ball.
“We probably found that in the first half of the season we didn’t see enough of the ball. We were getting used to each other but one of the goals we set was that if the play-offs were out of our reach, we want to be a really good competitive team that can chalk up as many wins as they can.
“If we could do that then we could look back on the second half of the season and say that we have been that team that we wanted to be.”
The Wildcats were certainly the team their fans wanted them to be and had the hosts shown an even more clinical edge then the game could well have been sewn up by the break.
Whilst in the reverse fixture six weeks ago the Wakefield defence wasn’t up to scratch, the Wildcats more than impressed in that area with Paul Sykes and Tim Smith once again causing plenty of problems in attack.
“We were creating chances throughout the game. The worry for us was that we let a couple slip. We know there’s no better team in the game at posting quick fire back-to-back tries than Leeds.
“To let opportunities slip was a little bit déjà vu from when we played Salford at home but I wasn’t too sure that we’d have the fire power to cling on to Leeds. But I’ll flip that around and say that the firts try came from an intercept, the second try Foxy has made right meal of Ryan Hall on that far side and that could have really affected us.
“But it didn’t. I thought that defensively, for the second week, we actually defended alright. We shut a lot of Leeds’ offloads down, forced some errors on our try line and I thought defensively we were pretty good. Their points came about from a couple of real hashes that we made of things.
“We played some good football again and some entertaining football. I thought that in the first half we didn’t quite execute as clean as we would have liked to and I thought overall we showed a real tendency to use the ball and play to our strengths.”
“I think that’s been the key to us for a while, playing to our strengths.”
The Wildcats will now look to make it a hat-trick of West Yorkshire derby victories when they visit Castleford Tigers on Sunday afternoon.
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