It’s just pride left, but let’s finish on

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With six games left in the weekly Stobart Super League rounds, Agar’s 11th-placed side have nothing to play for other than pride, but the coach insisted they won’t lie down.

Wildcats picked up their seventh win of the campaign with a 35-14 success at Huddersfield Giants two days ago and Agar believes there are more victories in the pipeline.

“The play-offs might be out of our reach, but we really want to finish the season strongly,” said the Wakefield boss. “Our aim is to finish with some good performances and to get as many victories as we can.”

Wildcats’ next game is a derby at home to Leeds Rhinos in six days’ time and Agar predicted the scene is already set for a thriller.

“It’s at home, on a Monday night, on TV against the cup finalists,” said Agar, whose team were beaten 44-40 at Headingley just over a month ago.

“It was an entertaining game the last time we played them and hopefully you’ll see two teams who want to attack, but who also want to defend better this time.”

Wildcats will go into the Leeds game buoyed by their performance at Huddersfield, according to Agar.

He added: “We were really good defensively in the first half, playing into the teeth of a strong wind. Field position was hard to come by and we didn’t have a chance to build pressure because we couldn’t hold on to the ball, but we defended really well.

“We conceded a try from Eorl Crabtree at the start of the second half that was really poor, but after that they didn’t threaten our line and we very much dominated.

“We got hold of the ball, got some back-to-back sets and scored a couple of late tries, which reflected how much we dominated.”

Agar was delighted with the effort from halves Tim Smith and Paul Sykes and winger Ben Cockayne, but said his three off-season signings from Huddersfield were the stars of the show.

“Kyle Wood and Danny Kirmond, pictured, played really well,” he said. “And Andy Raleigh’s stats – and the quality of them – what a great performance.”

Wildcats will be close to full strength for the Leeds clash other than long-term casualty Paul Aiton (broken jaw).

Meanwhile, back-rower Ali Lauitiiti is in danger of missing next Monday’s clash with his former side.

He has been charged with “use of his knees in a tackle” on Huddersfield’s Leroy Cudjoem on Sunday. Lauitiiti faces a ban of one to two games if he admits the offence or is found guilty.

TRY SCORER: Wakefield's Ben Jones-Bishop. Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

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