Despite yesterday’s 46-24 defeat at Wigan Warriors, coach Richard Agar is confident Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will be competitive in First Utility Super League this year.
DESPITE YESTERDAY’S 46-24 defeat at Wigan Warriors, coach Richard Agar is confident Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will be competitive in First Utility Super League this year.
Wildcats have lost all three games so far and are just two points clear of Bradford Bulls, despite the Odsal outfit having six points deducted for entering administration.
Agar fielded an inexperienced side at Wigan yesterday, which included teenage debutants Luke Briscoe – on loan from Leeds Rhinos – and Jordan Crowther. But prop Nick Scruton, signed from Bradford for a nominal fee on Saturday, will make his debut at home to fellow winless outfit Catalan Dragons in six days’ time.
And Australian half-back Harry Siejka is set to arrive at Wakefield this week after finally being granted his visa.
“We are confident we’ve got enough personnel, when we get them all out there, to show significant improvement,” Agar said.
“There is some positive stuff around the corner for us.”
Wakefield led 6-4 early in yesterday’s game and hit back from 30-6 down to 30-18, before Wigan finally made the points safe.
Agar said: “It was a tough day for us. I thought they were just too strong for us and at times it looked men against boys. We have to learn how to play a little bit tougher for a little bit longer.
“We played with very, very limited possession and that made it difficult for us.
“We had an incredibly inexperienced middle. Lucas Walshaw started at prop and he’s not used to playing there.
“Dan Smith is a 21-year-old with two games under his belt and Kyle Trout has probably about 10 games under his belt.
“We knew we were doing it light in the middle and unfortunately it showed, but we did have a number of individuals who tried their hardest.
“On the edges, defensively we operated okay at times and with the football, the limited number of times we had it, we showed –when we set up to the right positions – we look a threat.
“There was some opportunist stuff in there as well.
“From that point of view I saw enough signs and I know we are going to get better.
“I am not going to start dissecting that performance, because we’re not a side that can carry the seven or so blokes we had out from today’s team,” he said.
Crowther came off the bench in the second half, aged 17 years and 11 days, to become the youngest forward ever to play for the club. He replaced captain Danny Kirmond and Agar reported: “Kirmo strained a hamstring and at that time we didn’t want to take any risks with him.
“We took him off and it gave Jordy a good opportunity. He got a good 27 minutes in.
“His first carry was a welcome to first grade type of carry, but he got up and played the ball really quickly. It was great for him to get that under his belt.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence in that kid and we think he’ll turn into a good player for us.”