Wakefield Trinity Wildcats head coach Richard Agar says his side will be mentally prepared for rare back-to-back league games against Leeds Rhinos.
Wildcats kick-off the two-game “mini series” at Headingley Carnegie tonight, Friday (kick-off 8pm) before hosting the Rhinos at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium a week later after their home clash was postponed in March due to heavy snowfall.
The double-header against the reigning champions could be a daunting task but Agar, who has been a similar situation when coach at Hull FC, insists his side are well prepared.
“We can almost treat it as a two-game series,” said Agar.
“It doesn’t impact on how we prepare but probably the mentality we adopt and we’ve spoken about that.”
The Rhinos are familiar foes for Agar with tonight’s clash being his seventh against Brian McDermott’s men while in charge of Wakefield in less than two years, including the traditional Boxing Day trial games.
Despite losing three of the four meaningful matches last season, Wildcats gave Leeds a real scare in all four and notched 78 points against them in the two Super League contests.
“We’ve played Leeds a lot since I’ve been in charge,” said the ’Cats boss.
“In friendlies, in cup games and in a play-off game last year so we are familiar with how they play and what we think is required against them.”
“We’ve tried to adopt a little mini series mentality.”
Wakefield, who go into the game on the back of four straight wins, will be keen to get at least one victory from the two matches to maintain their play-off push.
Their task could be aided by the absence of players including Danny McGuire and Kevin Sinfield in the Leeds 19-man squad.
But Agar is wary of the depth in quality in the Rhinos ranks.
“I don’t think the quality dilutes too much,” he said.
“Obviously Danny and Kevin are big misses for them.”
He added: “It’s not something we’ve put most our focus on, we’ve focused on ourselves.
“We know we’re going to have to play well and we’ve got a couple of changes of our own we’ve had to spend time adapting to.”