Wakefield boss looks ahead to Leeds rematch next week after narrow loss

Ben Jones-Bishop

There will not be a lot of time to dwell on missed opportunities against the Leeds Rhinos, as the Wakefield Wildcats brace themselves for a rematch against the Super League powerhouse next week, after going down 20-18 in a tough contest.

With the rematch firmly etched in their minds, the defeat was the Wildcats first in five games and does damage their play-off hopes somewhat, though the opportunity is there to reverse their fortunes.

“I thought we had the momentum in the last 20 minutes and that we were going to come home strong but we came up with some more errors,” Agar said.

“I’m pleased with our defensive efforts. I thought they were outstanding but we asked too much of ourselves defensively and we got caught out by a couple of kick plays.

“We had a lot of defending to HGH do but I thought our attitude in that area was superb. We just didn’t have enough good ball to win the game.

“I don’t think our performance with the ball was great tonight but the desire is there for all to see. We’re looking forward to next week.”

There were injuries for both sides in the gruelling contest, with Wakefield losing prop Andy Raleigh (fractured cheekbone) and Danny Kirmond (knee) and Leeds losing Kallum Watkins (ankle).

Despite their narrow win, Leeds coach Brian McDermott was full of praise for the resilient Wakefield side, praising their work in attack.

“I’ve got to give Wakefield credit,” said McDermott.

“I’m sure it was very frustrating what we did offensively and I’ll concede we should have scored an extra try.

“But Wakefield are a threat, they can attack, and I thought defensively we were outstanding.”

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