It was praise all-round for Wakefield captain Danny Kirmond, with the newly-appointed Wildcats captain impressing in a big way, leading his side to a comfortable 46-14 win over the London Broncos and scoring three tries himself.
Whilst admitting that his side’s intensity may have slipped during the game, Wakefield coach Richard Agar said Kirmond’s intensity during the game did not wane at all.
“Danny is in great form. Even though the intensity slipped away from our game for a bit, it didn’t slip away from his,” said Agar.
“He’s been in great form and, as I’ve said before, he has really responded well to the captaincy.”
Whilst satisfied with their win, Agar was a bit disappointed in his side’s drop in intensity that allowed London to score 16 straight points at one stage.
“It’s definitely a case of job done,” he said. “The first-half performance set up the win nicely.
“Undoubtedly the intensity dropped out of our game for a 20-minute period in the second half.
“We regained that intensity towards those latter stages and we came on strong late on, which was pleasing.
“There are a couple of guys in there who believe they lost their way a bit during the game, which puts a little bit of a dampener exposed pokies on it.
“We set off well in the first half and we made some good inroads. Some of the tries were fairly simple close-range efforts but the build-up was great.”
It was perhaps a result the Broncos knew would occur going into the match, with the club missing nine of their regular players, with coach Tony Rea saying his club were allowed to look for positives.
“You have got to put this game in perspective for the guys that are out there,” he said.
“The first period was difficult, because they were trying to find themselves as a team.
“At the end of the day we started without our first-choice halves, front-rowers and back-rowers. That’s a fair bit for a young side to go without, and Wakefield were simple and clever with the way they played.
“Once we found some rhythm as a team, I thought the guys really stood up for each other and worked their way through the game OK.
“We spoke at half-time about being more physical and working as a team. The shape was OK but we just had to step up on the physical aspects of our game.
“I think the number of London kids in there was outstanding and it really gave it a buzz.”