Agar delight at complete performance
July 31, 2012 12:51:26 UK
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach Richard Agar praised his side for their defensive qualities and willingness to play attractive rugby during their 38-18 win over Leeds on Monday.
The Wildcats produced arguably their finest performance of the season to blow their West Yorkshire rivals out of the water.
Overall we showed a real tendency to use the ball and play to our strengths.Richard Agar
The defending Super League champions had fought back into the game during the second half, but Agar's men had enough in the tank to secure an important victory.
"I thought defensively for the second week we've been alright. We've shut a load of off-loads down, we've forced some errors on our own try-line. I thought their points came about from a couple of real hashes that we made of things," said Agar, who is in his first season as Wakefield boss, having made the switch from Hull FC ahead of 2012.
"We played some good football again. It was entertaining. Perhaps in the first half we didn't quite execute as clean as we would have liked to, but overall we showed a real tendency to use the ball and play to our strengths. I think that's been the key for us for a while."
The victory takes the Wildcats to within five points of a play-off place. They will look to make up further ground on eighth-placed Hull KR when they return to Super League action against Castleford on Sunday.
"Whether the play-offs are out of reach or not, we want to be a real competitive team that can chalk up as many wins as possible," Agar added.
"If we can do that then we might look back on the second half of the season and say we have been that team we want to be."
Wigan Warriors are 4.50 to be crowned Grand Final champions this season, with Leeds 2.75 and Catalans Dragons 36.00.
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