Wakefield Wildcats: Agar: We won’t press panic button

Wakefield head coach Richard Agar.
Wakefield head coach Richard Agar.
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THERE IS no panic in the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats camp despite their recent poor run, according to coach Richard Agar.

Wildcats will go into tomorrow’s home derby against Castleford Tigers (3pm) bidding to end a run of four straight defeats.

They have conceded 146 points and scored only 18 in their last three matches, but Agar is confident Wildcats will come good if they stick to their guns.

He said: “The big thing for us is not to panic, to keep faith in what we are doing, maintain the spirit we’ve got and keep working hard and we will eventually get there.”

Agar admitted the past three weeks – culminating in a 42-6 loss at Leeds last Friday – have been tough, but insisted: “In all honesty, it has not dampened the players’ spirit or commitment at all. Despite the scoreline on Friday we did see some improvement in defence, technically and effort-wise. We knew at the start of the season we would have some tough days. We’ve had three on the trot and that’s more of a concern for us, but the players are in good spirits.

“We know Castleford are travelling well, but it is a good opportunity to get back on the horse.”

Tigers are third in First Utility Super League after eight rounds and Agar said: “I have watched a fair bit of them and they have started really well.

“They are well-organised, everyone is doing their job and you can see the confidence they’ve got. I’ve been impressed with their props, they’ve got two good, young hookers and Weller Hauraki is probably in career-best form.

“Their halves are doing a really good job as well and the way they are travelling puts a different perspective on the game to the last couple of years, but we do feel we made some progress last week.

“We have still got heaps to improve on, but we have got to dust ourselves down and get ready for the next challenge.

“We talked last week about improving in a couple of areas and if we can increase that by another couple hopefully it will ensure we get a better performance and we are in the game.

“We need to pick up some wins, but at the same time we can’t worry about the bigger picture. We have got to take it one game at a time and make sure we prepare as well as we can.”

Wildcats are without forward Ali Lauitiiti, who suffered a knee injury in last Friday’s defeat at Leeds. He is awaiting the results of a scan, but Agar fears he could be sidelined for around seven weeks. Luke Briscoe drops out, but Richard Mathers comes back into contention and Dean Collis, Reece Lyne and Daniel Smith are available after injury.

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