posted on 23 March 2012

Head Coach Richard Agar is pleased with what he is seeing from his team and says it is simply a case of doing the right things for longer in games as they prepare to welcome the Dragons on Sunday.

Richard Agar has named his 19-man squad for Sunday's visit of the Dragons.

The Wildcats put in a massive effort against Warrington Wolves last weekend, running one of the title favourites all the way before coming up just short of taking at least a share of the spoils.

On the back of facing the Wolves, Huddersfield Giants and Hull FC, Trinity face another big test this weekend with much fancied Catalans Dragons the visitors to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium looking to build on a solid start to the season.

Agar says his side will be ready for the test and have every chance of getting the win they crave if they can sustain the good parts of their play for longer.

“There were very mixed feelings after last week,” Agar told the weekly press conference.

“We felt we played extremely well and the last thing we want to do is come in and flatten the players by pointing out why we lost the game.

“But I think as with most weeks there are many positives to take out of the way we played and certainly the players are disappointed that they lost.

“We need to understand why we lost as well.  We put ourselves in with a great shout of winning and rather than looking at one or two opportunities and the goal kick, we’ll probably look at the second half and we didn’t have control of the ruck.

“That’s the reason why we lost to Bradford as well.  Our defence in the middle of the field – even though we were making our tackles and the systems were holding up – we were still being marched down the field too easily.

“In turn it put our edges under pressure on our own line when they didn’t need to be.  Just after half-time that was a real key for us and we didn’t get a grip of that part of the game.

“It’s a case of not panicking, not looking to make too many changes or adaptations to what we’re doing.

“Even personnel wise, although we do need some guys to aim up and those guys know whose job it is to front up in an area where we were down last weekend.

“We need to be better in some of the things we need to and keep reaffirming the good things we were doing, which last Sunday was a lot.

“From an offensive point of view we know we’re creating chances and whenever we’re doing that we’re going to be in with a shout.

“We are really working hard and we are doing good things, we just need to do them for longer periods.”

The Dragons have shown they’re genuine contenders this year with a victory on the road at St. Helens a highlight of the campaign so far for Trent Robinson’s side.

Agar believes that they are one of the sides that can realistically look to challenge the long established clubs at the top of the Super League table.

“I think Catalans are right up there with Warrington at the moment.  I know they’ve had a couple of players out and I’m anticipating one or two of them being back in the 19-man squad this week.

“On their day they are a very, very good side.  When you talk about about Wigan, Warrington and Leeds as your top sides, I think along with Huddersfield they’re one of the teams that can genuinely challenge them this year.

“It’s good for us that we’ve had three or four really tough contests coming into this so hopefully we’re starting to get acclimatised to playing this level of opposition and knowing what it takes to compete and be successful against them.

“That probably showed last week and we’re really encouraged by the performance.

“It’s a different challenge to Warrington because they play a different style.  They are a very, very big, powerful and agile unit.

“We’ve had one look at them in a pre-season trial where they run us ragged a little bit.  We know a little bit what’s coming.”

Agar has named an unchanged 19-man squad for this Sunday’s match with Danny Kirmond expected to be fit to play after a badly cut mouth forced him off against Warrington.

Tickets are on sale now with a Twitter campaign to fill the newly developed North Stand with home fans to help generate an even better matchday atmosphere.

Buy your tickets at either the Ridings Shopping Centre store, Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office, online or by calling 01924 201548.

19-man squad: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Mellars, Cockayne, John, Wood, Wilkes, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Southern, Washbrook, Aiton, Amor, Johnson, Kirmond, Smith, Trout, Walshaw.

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