Agar: Challenge Cup break has come at right time for Wakefield Wildcats

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats head coach Richard Agar believes the Challenge Cup final break has come at just the right time for his squad.

Wakefield are Super League’s form side over the last five games, winning them all to move within a point and one position of the play-offs, and Agar may have been expected to want to keep the momentum going.

Instead, he’s keen to use the free match day to allow some of his men to rest and recuperate ahead of the vital final two matches of the regular season.

“We’ve got no major injuries but I think we are at the point where we are going to have to look after one or two people,” he said.

“We can certainly enjoy it [the free weekend] and look forward to what we’ve got the rest of this year and hopefully continue to shock a few and try and make the eight if we can.

“We can talk about it now [making the play-offs], we’ve allowed them [the players] to talk about it.”

Captain Danny Kirmond is perhaps one such player who will benefit for the weekend off after suffering a back spasm following a heavy challenge in Sunday’s game at Craven Park.

Wildcats had a “shortened week’ of training this week following last weekend’s heroics at Hull KR (see match report and reaction on page 86) and with no match for a fortnight very much in mind.

But Agar says there were no thoughts of a week off.

“The boys had a weekend off not too long back,” he said.

“I think quite a few of the boys will be taking in the Challenge Cup final but we’re not using it as time to give them a rest, we’ll get a rest in a few weeks’ time.”

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