Wildcats Head Coach Richard Agar took plenty of heart from his sides display in the Heatshot Festive Challenge against Leeds Rhinos.
After a bright opening in which hooker Andy Ellis bundled over for the first try, Leeds’ established stars including Rob Burrow, Kallum Watkins and Weller Hauraki took centre stage and the Champions ran out 26-10 winners.
But for Agar and his Wildcats side that included no fewer than ten of the starting thirteen making their very first outing in the red, white and blue, it was an encouraging performance that left both plenty to build on and understandably areas for improvement.
“There were positives and there were things which we need to work on, which we knew it would throw up,” said Agar in his post-match press conference.
“We showed some really good shoots of what we could do with the football. I thought all our pivots in Smith, Isaac John and particular in Wood showed we’ve got some real creativeness about us.
“I thought at times our centres Collis and Mellars looked threatening and Cockayne showed the rest of his teammates what it needs to play consistently well at this level. I thought he put in a tremendously committed stint out there.
“There are some things we need to improve on which we obviously knew would throw up that. Defensively, after a really good 25 minutes, we got our backs to the wall a little bit and I’d have liked us to show a little bit more grit in that period.
“At times we got rolled a little bit easily through the middle with their speed. We knew it was going to chuck up plenty that would need some work going forward but we’re pleased that we’ve got through it unscathed and that we’ve got enough positives to take up and run with.
“At the same time it also highlights that we’ve got some work to do.”
You can watch the full press conference as Agar also talks about his reasons for selecting Steve Southern as his new captain, by clicking HERE or selecting the video tab on the Wildcats homepage.
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