Agar rewards Walshaw with recall to Wakefield Wildcats squad

Lucas Walshaw
Lucas Walshaw

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats may have lost at Hull FC in Stobart Super League XVII Round 5 last week but the performance of second-rower Lucas Walshaw in his first appearance of the season has earned the 18 year-old a call-up to the 19-man squad that will take on Huddersfield Giants today, Sunday.

Agar has brought Walshaw into his pack from the three-quarters and it is a move that paid dividends at the KC Stadium.

Agar said: “Hull were very strong on the left through Willie Manu and Kirk Yeaman. We felt that without moving our back-row around too much we would need a genuine edge player.

“What we have done with Lucas in the U20s over the last couple of weeks is to move him into the back row.

“He has been playing centre and he might have been guilty of a lack of involvement at times. By sticking him the second row he doesn’t have too much time to think about getting involved and it brought him closer to the action.

“We gave him a special job [at Hull] last week. We felt that he is such a big strong ball carrier that he would be able to take some juice out of a couple of their major attacking weapons.

“We put him on to handle Manu, which might seem strange for a rookie because Manu has embarrassed some very seasoned, experienced first grade and international players but Lucas always makes his tackles.

“He is still a relative newcomer, we have thrown a lot at him this year and he has had a positional change but he did well enough to keep his place.”

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