Agar calls on Wakefield Wildcats to return to high standards at Doncaster after St Helens blip

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Sunday’s trial game at Doncaster will take on more importance than initially expected for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats head coach Richard Agar.

Agar has named a strong squad, injuries aside, for the trip to the Keepmoat Stadium (kick-off 3pm) and he has called on his troops to return to the high standards demanded ahead of next week’s Super League XVIII opener at Bradford Bulls.

The ‘Cats boss was disappointed at his side’s showing at St Helens last weekend, in what was the squad’s majjor trial game, and he is demanding much more against the Championship Dons, with the incentive of starting places at Odsal still being up for grabs.

“It’s better to get that out of the way now than in Round 1 but it was not up the standards we expect from the players,” Agar said of his team’s performance at St Helens last time out.

“We have the opportunity to fix it. Last year we built our squad on 100 per cent commitment and a good team spirit and that was lacking at the weekend, we need to get back to those standards.

“Nobody wants to go into the season underdone and we’re going to make sure we do everything possible to make sure we don’t do that.”

On the starting spots still up for grabs in the Super League opener, Agar commented: “There are definitely places still up for grabs for the Bradford game.”

Tickets are available on the Keepmoat Stadium gates priced £12 for adults, £6 for concessions and £2 for 5-16-year-olds.

Wildcats squad to face Doncaster: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Cockayne, Sykes, Poore, Aiton, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Washbrook, Amor, Wilkes, Mariano, Trout, Mellars, Lyne, Wildie, Cowling, Singleton, John, Goulding, Annakin, Kay, Day.