SUNDAY’S massive match at Hull KR isn’t the be-all and end-all of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ Super League play-off hopes, according to head coach Richard Agar.
Wildcats trail Rovers, who occupy the eighth and final play-off spot, by a point going into this weekend’s Round 25 clash at MS3 Craven Park.
Agar admits the match is his side’s biggest of the season but believes the chase for the top-eight, which also involves Bradford Bulls, will go to the last game of the season.
When asked if the match is a ‘must-win’ for his side, Agar replied: “I don’t think it is.
“I think it’ll go a massive way towards it [deciding who makes the play-offs]. Whatever happens I’m pretty certain we’ve a chance of it going right down to the wire.”
He added: “We’re ready for it. There’s obviously a lot of excitement surrounding it but we know it’s going to be a tough trip for us.
“There’s a lot riding on it for both clubs. Having said all that, regardless of what happens on Sunday we can also look towards the last couple of games as well and think that, whatever happens, we’ve got plenty of incentive to play until Round 27.”
Agar says his side won’t go into the game as favourites, despite winning four on the spin and going up against a Robins side that have won just once in their last seven outings.
“It’s an important game and we know Hull KR is a difficult place to go,” he said.
“They’ve got a terrific following and they make it a really uncomfortable place for opposing teams.
“They’re a bunch of fans who always very much get behind their own players and they’ll know the importance of this game as well.
“It’s exciting to be involved in a game like this at this stage of the year.”
Agar confirmed that centre Dean Collis will go straight back into the 17-man squad after serving a one-match ban, and Danny Cowling, who replaced Collis in the weekend win over St Helens, will remain in the 19-man squad.
But hopes of hooker Paul Aiton playing again this season are all-but over with the Papua New Guinea star’s jaw failing to heal as quickly as he, and the club, would have liked following a mugging in Spain in July.
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