Wakefield Wildcats: Agar set to make changes for Warrington Wolves clash

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Richard Agar says changes will be made to his Wakefield Wildcats squad for Saturday’s trip to Warrington Wolves.

Bradford Bulls dented Wildcats’ Super League play-off hopes on Sunday with a 26-24 victory at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

UNDER PRESSURE: Bulls' Manase Manukafoa comes under pressure from the Wakefield defence.

UNDER PRESSURE: Bulls' Manase Manukafoa comes under pressure from the Wakefield defence.

The result saw Francis Cummins’ men leapfrog Wakefield and leave Agar’s side three points adrift of the top-eight with four tough-looking matches to go.

First up are third-placed Warrington and Agar says he will not be scared of giving the club’s younger players a go after being left disappointed by his team’s performance against the Bulls.

“We’re in a position where we’ve not much to lose,” he said.

“[Kyle] Trout’s been going really well and didn’t get much time today. Liam Kay’s been playing really well at Doncaster, we might have a look at young Bobby [Goulding].

“We’ve had some guys that have had opportunities and come up with consistent errors for a number of weeks so I think it’d be a good time and opportunity to have a look at some of our young kids that have been knocking on the door.”

Wildcats eased into a 12-0 lead against Bradford and created more chances to extend their advantage but could not take them. Bulls made them pay, with a brace of Keith Lulia tries hauling them to within two points of their hosts at half-time.

And Agar believed Wildcats were very much the cause of their own downfall.

“I thought we gave it away,” he said.

“Our first-half performance, I thought we were all over them. I thought for the first half an hour they’d barely had an attack on our try-line and I thought we’d created numerous chances but we needed to finish some of those chances.

“We let in a couple of really soft tries in those last ten minutes [of the first half] after not really looking that threatened throughout the course of the previous 30 minutes or so. To come in at 12-10, naturally we were disappointed with the way we conceded our tries but still felt we were playing well enough, particularly with the ball, to come home and take the game.

“But we committed ten errors in the second half and five of those were on tackle one or before, it doesn’t give you much chance. We know Bradford are a team that really hang in there and make it really hard for the opposition and don’t go away and we gave them enough scraps down our end and missed some really poor one-on-one tackles to concede enough points.”

Wildcats are now three points adrift of eighth-placed Hull with four games remaining this season.

After Warrington, Wakefield host St Helens and then visit Huddersfield Giants before finishing their campaign with a big derby clash against Castleford Tigers at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

And Agar admits it will be a tough task for his side to break into the top-eight for the second year running, especially with Bulls now moving above Wakefield in the table.

He said: “It makes it hard. You’d probably think that Bradford have leapfrogged us as the team most likely to break in there that are sat outside of the eight at the moment.

“We thought our last two games were crucial and to come up without a win against Leeds or Bradford it’s going to make it really hard from here.”

Centre Reece Lyne suffered a dislocated toe late in the game and Wakefield will assess the injury ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

“He dislocated his toe but we’ve got it back in there so we’ll see how he comes around,” said Agar.

“I thought he played particularly well today Reece, I thought he had a terrific game. I thought we had some terrific performances out there. Lee Smith had a cracking game at stand-off, Reece played particularly well and we had some really good efforts but we had some that were not good enough and you can’t expect to win a game basing a half of football on completing at 50 per cent.”