Wakefield Trinity Wildcats head coach Richard Agar says his side must show big improvements on their performance in Sunday’s 44-18 defeat at Hull KR if they are to stand a chance of reaching the Super League play-offs.
Wildcats led 18-16 at half-time at Craven Park but conceded 28 points without getting on the scoreboard after the break in a match littered with errors and penalties.
The loss leaves Wakefield three points adrift of the Robins, who occupy the final top-eight position, although Agar’s men have a game in-hand.
The Cats boss is well aware his men cannot afford many more below-par performances this season if they are to match last season’s top-eight finish, however.
“We need to show a little more resilience and a bit more grit when things are going against us, and on our own try line,” said Agar.
“We said to them (the players) after, it’s probably a point of our season where we’re still in touch but if we keep putting in performances like that then our season will go one way.
“Alternatively, we can have a good look at ourselves, shake ourselves down and get ready for next week where hopefully we can put in a much-improved performance and give ourselves a bit of a kick-start. We felt today was a good opportunity for us and we were nowhere near tough enough to win that game in the second half.
“A lot of it was our own doing and I would like to see us show far more grit and far more resilience when we come across situations like that in the future.”
Agar was left to bemoan a high number of unforced errors from his side, as well as a penalty count that went against them.
“We probably committed more knock-ons and unforced errors today than we have done for a long time and I thought it played a massive part in the game,” he said.
“At half-time we didn’t think we were playing our best but we felt the team that played with the most control and discipline in the second half would actually enjoy the rest of the game. That wasn’t to be us.
“We made far too many errors, unforced errors on many occasions. Our discipline let us down, although I will say I didn’t think we were on the back of a 7-3 penalty count in the second half.
“I think every game that this bloke referees becomes a little bit like this, which is a shame for everyone. But that’s not the reason we were behind today, it was very much our own doing.
“We were loose with the ball. In the second half we had hardly any possession in their half at all and when we did we decided to kick it away on play two, which pretty much summed up that we weren’t prepared to play tough enough in that second half.”