Wakefield Wildcats Head Coach Richard Agar has already turned his attention to the Magic Weekend and the second derby of the Super League season this Saturday.
The Etihad Stadium in Manchester will host all the Stobart Super League clubs for the first time this weekend as rivalries take centre stage at the home of the Premier League Champions, Manchester City.
Wakefield and Castleford will kick-off the extravaganza of action at 1pm on Saturday with Trinity looking to right the wrongs of the first competitive derby between the sides in April where it was the Tigers who came out on top.
Speaking to League Weekly, Agar admits his players have a lot of making up to do after the 34-16 defeat at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Good Friday.
“It was our most disappointing game of the year but we get a chance to redeem ourselves on a big stage,” he said.
“We didn’t play well against Castleford last time at all and that is no disrespect to them, they played well.”
Trinity’s opposition in Manchester were comprehensively beaten by Hull KR on Sunday but will be boosted by the return of reigning Man of Steel Rangi Chase for the West Yorkshire derby.
The Wildcats chief is more than aware of the England international’s threat.
“He is an outstanding player who can win games off his own bat. He will be back after a three-game absence and that will give them a huge boost.
He might be the catalyst they are looking for but we can’t worry about that. We have to focus on ourselves and our game.”
It will be the first time the Magic event has been hosted in the ‘rugby league heartlands’ and Agar is a big believer in the idea of all 14 Super League clubs playing in the same stadium over a weekend.
“I like the Magic concept. I like the fact that rugby league at times does things differently. It was a brave idea to do it and we needed to give it some time to see if it has legs and I think there have been some good weekends in Cardiff and Eninburgh.
“I am pleased it is not in round one anymore. I didn’t think it was a particularly great initiative as teams were coming in cold. Being in Manchester this time is obviously a lot closer for the fans and it is taking place in a fantastic new stadium.
“It will be interesting to see if the crowds increase. If we can kick it off with a win then I am sure I will enjoy the weekend a lot more.”
Pick up your copy of this week’s League Weekly for the full views of Agar which also features Ali Lauitiiti who talks about his role as one of the senior players and reveals almost all in ‘Getting to Know’.
League Express is also out today with lots of coverage ahead of Magic Weekend with limited tickets still on sale at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office.
The discount period for Gold Members has now ended with the club currently having day (reserved seating) and weekend (unreserved seating) remaining.
Both types of tickets are priced at £45 for adults and £22.50 for juniors/concessions.
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