Wakefield Wildcats boss Agar prepares for ‘tough challenge’ of Huddersfield Giants

Danny Kirmond
Danny Kirmond

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats boss Richard Agar admits that the visit of Huddersfield Giants on Sunday will be a “tough challenge” but is confident that his team’s encouraging performances will soon yield victories.

The Giants visit the Rapid Solicitors Stadium as one of the in-form teams in Stobart Super League XVII and Agar has been impressed with Nathan Brown’s men, saying: “I think they are a side that have reaped the benefits of playing together for two or three years.

“I have been really impressed with what I have seen. They are playing a slightly different way to what they have played over the last couple of years.

“They are playing an extra ball player, play with a lot of width and kick the ball phenomenally well.”

He added: “What has caught my eye is their work ethic. Little things like the kick-chases are always outstanding.”

However, Agar is also buoyed by the progress of his own new-look team. “We are no far off,” he said. “We have been highly competitive and we could have won most of the games we have been in.

“I got asked a lot at the start of the year how long it would take for us to gel. It is a difficult question but I think we have come together really well in a short period of time.

“But we are also finding out about situations and I thought last week [at Hull FC] was a classic example.

“I thought defensively we were truly outstanding to hold our line and come back to almost snatch the game.

“We showed great character and improvement on the week before but we didn’t play the conditions as well as Hull did on the night and that left us lacking field position.”

“We all get measured by wins but we know the wins will come if we keep performing as we are. The attitude is great and the spirit is good.

“For us, it’s just getting over that line and learning about situations that are new to us. I am really confident that the more we play together the better we will be.”

Danny Kirmond has shaken off a rib injury suffered at Hull and Agar will stick with “a very similar 19” to the squad that visited the KC Stadium.

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