Hurt by errors - coach Richard Agar reacts to Leeds Rhinos’ 28-10 defeat by Super League leaders Wigan Warriors
BOSS RICHARD Agar was pleased with Leeds Rhinos’ effort, but felt they made too many errors in yesterday’s 28-10 defeat by Wigan Warriors.
Rhinos trailed by only six points with five minutes to go, but conceded two late converted tries with captain Luke Gale in the sin-bin.
Agar refused to blame the yellow card for his side’s defeat, admitting a completion rate of 66 per cent was not good enough to overcome a defence as strong as Wigan’s.
“We will have a look at our good ball attack and probably see a couple of times where perhaps we’ve picked the wrong pass and maybe let a couple of opportunities slip,” said Agar.
“They don’t give you many opportunities so you have got to take them while they are there.
“The focus might be on the sin-bin a bit within our camp, but not from me.
“I think our focus should be on the errors we’ve committed. There were some really poor errors that probably didn’t give ourselves enough opportunities to win the game.”
Agar added: “For the effort we put into the game, I thought we should have had a shot at tying it up in those last 10 minutes. It is a spine that’s not played together too much - Ash Handley is playing out of position a bit and Callum [McLelland] has not had too much first grade under his belt and we were playing a good defensive team, but I still think at 16-10 you can build chances to win the game and I think we could have built more pressure on them.”
New signing Bodene Thompson made his debut for Rhinos - who have no game this weekend - and hooker Kruise Leeming and teenage prop Tom Holroyd both got their first start. Agar said: “Bodene is an experienced campaigner and will only get better the more he gets used to the way we play.” Holroyd had limited game time, but Agar said: “Tom had a good impact. He’s aggressive and carries the ball really strongly.”
League leaders two weeks ago, Rhinos - who are without a game this weekend - have dropped to sixth in Betfred Super League, four points behind leaders Wigan.