WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats entertain Bradford Bulls in Round 4 of Stobart Super League XVII on Saturday evening and head coach Richard Agar is expecting a determined effort from Mick Potter’s men.
After Bulls’ heavy 54-16 defeat to Wigan last Sunday, Agar is predicting a response from the Odsal side, saying: “The best way to bounce back from a defeat like that is to come out and show a response and performance next week.
“That’s what we are expecting. They have got some very proud players in the team and people who are prepared to stand up and lead from the front.
“They will be wanting to turn their fortunes around and they will see [Saturday’s game] as a great opportunity to do so.”
He added: “Looking at Bradford, they have had a tough and difficult start to the season but I am going to stick up for them a bit and say that they have played outstanding teams [Catalans and Wigan].
After a week off, due to Leeds Rhinos’ involvement in the Heinz Big Soup World Club Challenge, Agar admits that there have been positives and negatives to be taken from the break but he would have preferred to get straight back onto the pitch and bounce back from the 22-10 home defeat to Hull KR a fortnight ago.
He said: “We would rather have kept playing. We are finding some rhythm and we are learning about each other all the time.
“But I guess we have been able to move our preparation on a little bit quicker than Bradford have.”
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