Agar delighted with Wildcats' second-half showing

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats head coach Richard Agar felt his side's impressive second-half performance at Widnes Vikings showcased the attacking qualities his side has in its ranks this season.

Agar's men spoiled the Widnes party as Wakefield kicked-off Super League XVII with a superb 32-14 victory at the Stobart Stadium in front of the Sky cameras on Friday night.

Wildcats trailed 10-4 at half-time but upped their gear in the second half to cruise to what ended up a convincing opening day victory.

And although Agar questioned the "erratic" display of his troops in the opening 40 minutes, he was full of praise for his side's performance in the second half as they ran in five tries to Widnes' one.

"I think we've got plenty of good players in pivotal positions," said a pleased Agar.

"I thought for the first 40 to 45 minutes they were very erratic, I thought they didn't play with any composure and I thought our end of sets weren't great. But I thought once we did get control in that last 35 minutes of the second half I thought we showed potentially what we've got inside us football-wise and some of the stuff that they put on was terrific."

He continued: "The big messages at half-time were to get our line a bit straighter, to roll our sleeves up and work a bit harder in the tackle and we put the onus on our halves to improve our last tackle place. That would give us enough field position hopefully to give our attack a bit of a chance which I thought it did."

Widnes coach Dennis Betts said: "I think what we saw today was a side that is trying its best but still doesn't know itself. [It] Lost its way through ill-discipline, started to lose the ruck, got frustrated with the referee, that then caused us more problems than it should have done.

"We should have been strong enough to be able to get out of that. But we let a culmination of poor decisions, strange decisions, frustrating decisions make us then get frustrated with the way we were playing. We started giving penalties away and started causing ourselves lots of problems.

"I don't think we were playing that well anyway, even when we looked like we were still in the game. I still felt we lacked a little bit of cohesion, we looked a little bit frantic it was like we got caught up in the hoopla and circus that was going on around us. I think it affected the way we performed even from the start and that eventually caught up with us."

See next week's Wakefield Express Sport for full match report, reaction and pictures.