posted on 9 June 2012

Wakefield head coach Richard Agar will lead his side into Sunday’s crunch encounter with Hull FC in high spirits after recent victories.

Richard Agar knows his side will face a stiff test if they are to make it three successive wins.

The Wildcats have not won three games in a row since the opening three games of the 2010 season and after sweeping both Castleford Tigers and London Broncos aside in the last couple of weeks, Agar is in confident mood.

It will be a much tougher proposition against the black and whites who have spent the vast majority of the season in the top six and but for some late interventions in their last two games, would be sitting even prettier in their pursuit of another play-off appearance.

“On the back of two wins it has been a good week for us and the boys are certainly confident with a bounce in their step and very much looking forward to the game to try and continue this good run,” said Agar.

“A win would keep the continuation of keeping our confidence high and staying very positive. Even when questions about our form were asked we remained a united bunch and we have shown a real good spirit from the word go.

“There have been some bumps along the way but my players have fronted up and turned up to training every week and never let set-backs do any damage to us.”

Sunday’s visitors have only won two of their last seven games after a promising start to 2012 and the Wildcats boss knows they cannot take his former team lightly.

“They drew with St Helens at the weekend and they had a really good victory over Leeds a few weeks ago, and probably by their admission it was a low key game against London which they won. I thought they really dominated the Hull KR game for long, long periods and played some good stuff within that.

“They have had a couple of close defeats in there and they will probably be looking at this game as a must win game. However, we ourselves are coming into it in a good frame of mind and we know we held our own over there at the KC Stadium earlier in the year.

“If you look at the game they spent a long time down in our end of the field and really dominated position and possession but we could have tied the game in the end, if not won. Sunday is another day and playing at our home ground in different conditions will not be the same as it was at the KC.”

The Airlie Birds have actually been leading in their last two games until the dying moments of the games when they were beaten by Hull KR and could only manage a draw with Saints.

Agar is hoping that some seeds of doubt will creep into the minds of the Airlie Birds should the game be tight going into the closing stages.

“We have had a little bit of that ourselves this year too where we have been right in there at the 65 minute mark and not finished sides off,” admitted Agar.

“I think it depends on the day and they might be aware of it because they dominated Saints and didn’t get the victory.

“They are a team that possess a lot of players that can break tackles, they have an awful lot of punch in the forwards and a very skilful and powerful back row. The half-backs have been in good form too and we have to watch for their kicking game because Brett Seymour forced a lot of goal-line drop outs last week.”

The Wildcats go into the game sat in 11th position in Super League and knowing a win would mean the club will have produced a string of results that they have not accomplished in two and a half years.

Agar added: “We are not getting carried away because we have won our last two games against two teams that are under us in the table. Now we are playing a team in the top six so we are playing a team that will be a radically different challenge but it’s one that we feel if we play to our potential we feel we can do well in it.”

The Rapid Solicitors Stadium is set to host a bumper crowd on Sunday afternoon but tickets do remain on sale and can be bought from the Ridings Centre Store, the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office or call 01924 201548.

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