Agar hails Smith display in derby game

Tim Smith gets a kick away for Wakefield Wildcats against Castleford Tigers. Picture: IAN HARBER
Tim Smith gets a kick away for Wakefield Wildcats against Castleford Tigers. Picture: IAN HARBER

WAKEFIELD Wildcats coach Richard Agar praised the display of his half-back, Tim Smith, after he set up five tries and scored one himself in his side’s 40-12 demolition of Castleford Tigers at the Probiz Coliseum.

He said: “I thought Tim Smith was very dominant and very strong. He pulls the strings for us.

“Perhaps in some people’s eyes we took a punt on him but I thought he gave a masterclass at times.

“Everyone else has learned very quickly how to play off him. He’s in very good form. Scrum-halves are at a premium and really hard to find.”

Agar was pleased with the way his side backed up their 38-18 home win over Leeds.

He added: “We have had three good weeks and to back up after Monday’s performance against Leeds was terrific.

“I thought right from the word go we were very strong and very dominant.

“We were 16-0 up at half-time and had been held up at the line three times and we came out for the second-half and posted two early tries.

“Our defensive display was very good until the last 15 to 20 minutes when we got a bit sloppy but I would also credit Castleford because, particularly with Jamie Ellis on the field, they threw a lot at us.

“But overall I am very happy with the way the team is performing.”