Wakefield Wildcats ‘Busted’ Cats face race against time for Rhinos’ ‘re-match’

Richard Agar.
Richard Agar.
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IT WILL be a tough week for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats as they prepare for another clash with Leeds Rhinos.

ildcats visit Headingley Carnegie on Friday night in First Utility Super League.

And that comes just five days after a crushing 60-6 home loss to the same opposition in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup fourth round.

“We couldn’t compete,” was coach Richard Agar’s assessment of his side’s 11-try drubbing. “We talked about the quality we’d need to have with the ball if we were to compete against Leeds, but we gave up too much ball early doors.

“We conceded a penalty for obstruction and turned the ball over on a first play.

“We didn’t kick the ball how we wanted to early doors and they had a period when they posted tries on us far too easily. It is a concern for us. We are concerned about how many tackles we are winning and how many tackles we are making.

“We are not going to go too far as a football team unless we can fix that up.”

Yesterday’s defeat followed a 44-6 league loss at Hull KR a week earlier.

Agar added: “We have come out of the game a bit busted.

“We ran out of interchanges and didn’t have any fit bodies on the bench.

“We have got seven or eight doubts from that team.

“And the short turn-around isn’t going to help us in terms of trying to put it right on the training field.

“Hopefully we can get a reaction, but that’s two weeks running we’ve been way, way down on being able to compete.

“They are a good side and it is going to be a really, really good team on the right day to knock them out of this competition.

“But for us we need to have a good look at ourselves and fully understand what it takes if we want to compete at this level.”

Agar added: “I have got some guys who are trying really, really hard, but even within that there’s a minimum competency on skill.”

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