HEAD coach Richard Agar was encouraged by a positive performance from his Wakefield Trinity Wildcats team despite their 26-10 loss to Leeds Rhinos in the Heatshot Festive Challenge on Boxing Day.
With 10 debutants in the starting 13, the Wildcats would have been forgiven for making an uncertain start but they got onto the scoreboard first when hooker Andy Ellis crashed over from dummy-half with 15 minutes gone. Isaac John added the extras.
Rhinos hit back through Chris Clarkson’s touch-down and they took a 16-6 lead into the break through scores from Liam Hood and Kallum Watkins, conversions added by Lee Smith.
Trinity started the second period in the same way they began the first and were rewarded with a well-taken try from Dean Collis on 52 minutes.
However, Rob Burrow crossed to make it 20-10 and Leeds finished the scoring when Zak Hardaker bagged a try, converted by Burrow, in the closing stages.
Agar said: “There were positives and there were things that we need to work on, which we knew it would throw up.
“We showed some really good shoots of what we could do with the football.”
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