Richard Agar says his Wakefield Wildcats side has nothing to lose and everything to gain at in-form Wigan Warriors on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).
Wakefield will make the trip across the Pennines to the DW Stadium as underdogs against a Warriors side that moved to the top of Super League over Easter and have scored 174 points in their last three games.
Wildcats are well aware of the tough task that lies in wait at Wigan but Agar says his men will up their gear following a “flat” performance in the defeat against Hull FC on Monday and give it a real go against Shaun Wane’s on-song side.
“It’s a game that we’ve got nothing to lose in,” said the Wildcats head coach.
“I want our boys to go and throw everything we’ve got at them and hopefully we can go there and put up a good show and be really competitive.”
He continued: “We lost against them twice last season. We went over there for the second game of Easter last year and even though we never looked like winning the game I felt we put up a very spirited performance, and I would say at home, for the first half hour, we created a lot of opportunities for ourselves.”
Warriors have had a hold on Wakefield in recent matches, winning the last eight games stretching back to 2009.
Agar has been impressed by what he has seen of Wane’s side this term but says there are also weaknesses, however minor, to be exploited.
“Wherever you look you find one or two weak spots,” he said.
“I think Wigan have probably got less than most sides. The way they all know their jobs on attack is allied to the level of execution that they deliver and the ruthlessness of how they go about it. That probably sets them apart from most teams.
“They’ve got an in-built strong mentality so it’s going to be a big challenge for our boys.”
Hull KR know just how strong the Warriors are after conceding 84 points against them at Craven Park on Easter Monday.
Agar will not take too much from that one match but says he has been impressed by some “outstanding” performances from Wigan so far in 2013.
“I haven’t seen too much of the Hull KR game, I’m not too sure that we’ll take too much from watching such a one-sided affair,” he commented.
“But just watching the Saints game [on Good Friday], their opening half an hour was outstanding.
“[Against Hull KR] it probably confirms that we know what a quality team they are.
“Some people might have been asking questions about them at the start of the year having had such a turnover of quality players but I think it would appear that they’ve eased effortlessly into what is a very good system and a very strong team full of real high calibre football players, and athletes as well.
“I think they’re an exceptionally powerful, strong and fast team and their performances in some games this year have been outstanding.
The match will be the third in ten days for both teams, and Agar hopes his men can adjust the better.
“Sometimes the third game is the hardest one to deal with but you never know, time will tell,” he said.
“Our games over Easter have been very contrasting but with this one we do feel like we’ve had an adequate rest, break and preparation into it.”