Wildcats boss Agar laments second-half cup collapse at Leeds Rhinos

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats head coach Richard Agar admitted that his team’s second-half performance was not up to scratch following their 38-18 loss at Leeds Rhinos in the fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup last Friday.

Ryan Bailey’s score was all that the hosts had to show in the first 40 as dogged defence and tries from Kyle Amor and Danny Kirmond gave Wakefield a surprise 12-6 lead at the interval but Brian McDermott’s troops turned things around in the second half to cruise into the fifth round.

Richard Agar

Richard Agar

Man of the match Zak Hardaker scored two tries on the resumption and further scores from Danny McGuire, Carl Ablett, Paul McShane and Ben Jones-Bishop put Leeds out of sight before Isaac John bagged a late consolation for the visitors.

Agar was pleased with the Wildcats’ first-half, saying: “I thought we were excellent and probably a bit unlucky that we didn’t come in with a few more points and a better lead.

“Throughout our team we had some really good desperate individuals and I thought we were in with a chance.

“Leeds were slightly off in the first half and did some uncharacteristic things. The amount of line breaks we had should have resulted in more points.”

But he added: “Overall I am disappointed with what we turned out in the second half. We knew Leeds would up the tempo and we had to go with them.

“I thought the first couple of tries we conceded in the second half didn’t help us out. I am disappointed with our defence in the second half.”

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