Wakefield Wildcats: Agar full of praise for Wakefield’s three debutants

DEBUT DELIGHT: Daniel Maskill impressed on his Wakefield Wildcats debut
DEBUT DELIGHT: Daniel Maskill impressed on his Wakefield Wildcats debut

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats head coach Richard Agar praised on his side’s three debutants in Saturday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup win over Hemel Stags.

Agar handed first-team debuts to Wakefield under-19s players Ben Shulver and Daniel Maskill as well as new signing Jon Molloy in the 66-6 victory over the Kingstone Press Championship One side.

Maskill, a hooker, and Shulver, a prop or second row, both got on the Rapid Solicitors Stadium pitch from the bench and the latter topped off a day to remember by crossing the whitewash.

Molloy scored a brace of tries of his own and was ranked as one of Wakefield’s best players by the Cats head coach.

“I thought that was a real bright spot for us,” Agar said of the performances of the trio.

“I thought Shulver came up terrific. To get a try on your debut and run 30 metres in front of your home fans would have been a great moment for him.

“Danny Maskill did really well. Coming on at dummy-half I thought his service and distribution was great, he grew in confidence in attacking them around the rucks and at 17-years-old he marked as a player with a lot of promise.

“Jon Molloy was arguably our best player if not one of our better players on the night. He looked strong, it’s going to take him a while to get up to speed, he’s been off eight months so we’re not expecting miracles from him straight away. I did think he looked strong, direct and knows how to attack on that edge, I was really happy with him.”

Former Wakefield player Andy Kelly presented Shulver with his first-team shirt before kick-off, while Maskill received his shirt from his dad, another former Wakefield star in Colin Maskill.

“We got Andy Kelly to present Ben Shulver’s shirt, Andy is a player who came through the Colts and graduated and gave good service, and we got Colin Maskill to present his son with his shirt so it would have been a week and weekend to remember for those two boys,” said Agar.

“It was a special moment before the game to hear Andy speak so well about the club and for Masky, despite having a stellar career and such a long and successful one at that, I think it’ll be a special moment to present his son with his shirt on his debut for the same team that he made his debut as a 17-year-old.”

In total eight players who have played for the Wildcats youth set-up were involved in Saturday’s cup victory.