Leeds Rhinos reaction: Coach Richard Agar happy with win over Wakefield Trinity in Wetheby Whaler Festive Challenge

Coach Richard Agar admitted there were things to work on, but took plenty of positives from Leeds Rhinos’ 34-6 Boxing Day win over Wakefield Trinity.

Monday, 27th December 2021, 5:45 pm

A strong Rhinos side dominated the second half after leading only 10-6 at the break. They finished with six tries and new signings Blake Austin, Aidan Sezer and James Bentley all gained valuable game time, while 17-year-old Jack Sinfield made a brief appearance off the bench and kicked two conversions.

Rhinos also avoided any major injury concerns and Agar provided an upbeat assessment after the game, which came 48 days before Rhinos begin their Betfred Super League campaign at home to Warrington Wolves on February 12.

He said: “There was some stuff in there that can help us along the way, that we can learn from; some areas we’d want to tidy up and some good bits as well that we know we can build on and be very effective with as we move forward.”

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Acting-captain Ash Handley lifts the Festive Challenge trophy after Rhinos' win over Wakefield. Picture by Steve Riding.

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“There were some discipline areas we’d need to fix up moving forward, but I thought we had great energy from our bench in the last 25-30 minutes.

“Morgan Gannon, Brad Dwyer, Jarrod O’Connor and Liam Tindall gave us some great impetus out there. It was lovely to see Jack [Sinfield] get a couple of nice touches for a try and then nail the conversion, so there were some good positives out there for us.”

Rhinos coach Richard Agar at the Boxing Day game. Picture by Steve Riding.