posted on 20 May 2012

Richard Agar was ‘dismayed’ by his team’s performance in the final twenty minutes of their loss to Warrington Wolves.

Richard Agar was not impressed with what his side served up in the final twenty minutes of the game.

Agar saw his team concede thirty unanswered points in the second period having gone in deservedly level at the break.

The Wildcats were still in the game after an hour despite trailing 24-12 but Wire were able to cut loose and record a comprehensive victory on the scoreboard.

“We did go toe-to-toe and I thought first half we could be disappointed with ourselves that we didn’t score more points,” Agar told the press after the game.

“We got held up over the line a couple of times and had a couple of really good chances.

“I felt we lost our way in the second half with the way we used the ball.  We sapped ourselves of energy by not moving the ball around enough.

“We just heaped a lot of pressure on ourselves and the big concerning thing for me was the last twenty minutes.

“Whilst Warrington are a good side and they’d got in front, I was dismayed at the way we didn’t front up for the last twenty and that’s a major concern to me.”

It was a familiar story for the Wildcats fans who saw their team show they are capable of matching the best the competition has to offer, but were unable to maintain their performance levels across the whole eighty minutes.

Whilst Agar was pleased with much of what he saw, the way his side finished the game left a lot to be desired for the Head Coach.

“There’s probably a difference in competing and being smart, and sometimes getting beaten by a better team or making errors.

We’re a team who have got some players that if we hit hurdles and we’re on top, they handle them a different way to when we had the blowtorch to us in the last twenty.

“I’d like to have seen us show a bit more resolve coming home.  At half-time we needed to make some changes with what we doing with the ball.

“I thought Warrington’s middle held up really well today and I felt we needed to find some of our own energy with what we did with the ball and move it around a little bit more.

“We failed to do that and put some pressure on ourselves, and we certainly didn’t handle the pressure well in the last twenty.

“You could say that that’s been a bit of a story for us this year and that’s an indication of where we’re at as a team.”

You can see Agar’s full post-match press conference on Wildcats TV by selecting the video tab on the website home page or by clicking HERE.

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