AGAR HUGELY DISAPPOINTED WITH ‘SOFT’ WILDCATS

posted on 1 April 2012

Head Coach Richard Agar pulled no punches in his assessment of the Wildcats drubbing at the hands of London Broncos.

Richard Agar described his sides performance as the most disappointing of the season.

The Wildcats never got a foothold in a game in which they trailed 24-0 at half-time and went on to be comprehensively shut-out on a night to forget in the capital.

Trinity rarely threatened the hosts line in a performance that was uncharacteristic with what the men in red, white and blue have shown so far in 2012, and Agar didn’t hide his disappointment after the game.

“It was hugely disappointing,” he said.

“We thought in the first half they were beating us to the punch a little bit and I thought we were really soft in the second half.

“We were soft in attack and with the way we played.  We lacked a lot of punch and took some really soft options with the ball and just got rolled down the field too easily.

“We’ve conceded a number of tries from kicks again.  You put yourself at risk of that if all you’re doing is defending your try line.

“I thought our inability to complete our sets in any really good fashion certainly didn’t help us.

“It was a really poor display from our guys.  We’ve been up for a while and played to a good level for a number of weeks.

“We know as a team that if we get too many off colour then it doesn’t happen for us and we had a lot of guys off colour for us tonight.”

Even the Wildcats attacking game, which has showed up well in recent weeks with more than thirty points scored past top four contenders Warrington Wolves and Catalan Dragons, was off the boil.

The Wildcats Head Coach was at a loss as to why his sides performance was so down on previous outings.

“One thing I think we have done for most of the season is attack pretty well.  I was hugely disappointed with what we turned out with the ball tonight.

“Defensively we’ve got to aim up a little bit better than that.  There just wasn’t enough emotion in our play and that’s something we’ll certainly have to put right for this Friday.

“We have been up for quite a number of weeks and competing with some really good teams and playing to a good level.

“At this moment in time I can’t tell you why we were so below par with no punch about us.

“We’ll have to rediscover it and rediscover it pretty quickly.

“At half-time and 24-0, we weren’t totally out of the game.  We didn’t quite get the bounce of the ball and I though some of the penalties were incredibly picky.

“One on Andy Raleigh for moving off the mark when he was playing the ball and one for when he was not square at marker just, quite frankly, beggars belief.

“We didn’t see that consistency throughout the game. And they were big swings for us.

“We felt second half, if we could grab a couple of tries we’d have a chance.  But our last tackle plays early in the second half and some of the errors we committed, we just didn’t deserve it.

“It was by far and away our most disappointing performance this year.”

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