Wildcats head coach Richard Agar was ruing a missed opportunity to get a rare victory over Leeds Rhinos at Headingley Carnegie.
Wakefield have only beaten the Champions four times in the Super League era but came within four points of them in an incredible game on Monday night.
The sides exchanged fourteen tries in a see-saw battle that ultimately see the Rhinos come out on top 44-40 in a game that will live long in the memory for entertainment if nothing else.
When asked after the game if Agar felt it was one that got away, he replied: “I think we looking over the eighty minutes then yeah.”
“We played some very, very positive stuff with the ball and when we look at how we conceded our tries, particularly in the first half, we were very much the bearer of gifts.
“Those gifts were converted into eighteen points. They didn’t have to work for those eighteen points at all.
“But I thought we did our upmost to come back and win it, and probably on the balance of it I think we made three out of four errors and that took a bit of energy out of us at a time when we had opportunity to get on top. I thought that really hurt us.”
Agar was also left frustrated at the decision which saw the Rhinos open up an eight point lead through the boot of Kevin Sinfield, and felt his side were hard done to by on that occasion by the officials.
“I’m going to point to a decision. A penalty that he gave them over there on that right hand side was just a dead set joke. How Kyle Wood has been deemed by that touch judge to play at that ball when he’s a metre from him on a sideline on last play – he was going to tackle him.
“He’s given them head and feed from the scrum and ultimately a penalty which they’ve gone and scored from.
“I just thought it was terrible, terrible decision from the touch judge.
“You can probably see the frustrations when they’re working that hard and we’ve harried Leeds into a position and we’ve come up with a win on the play and been heavily penalised for it.”
Although disappointed with that call at an important time in the game, it was three tries in the first half, two from long range kick returns and a third from an uncharacteristic error from Richard Mathers, that ultimately cost the Wildcats the win.
“We’ll look to the first half and the runaway tries that gave them momentum. Also the opportunity where Richie had the chance to mop the ball up and we had some uncharacteristic errors in there.
“We let a soft try in at the end to put us behind.
“Offensively I thought we were outstanding. We put a game plan into place and executed it really well, scored some fantastic tries and played in the right spirt, and played some good rugby.
“We’ve scored forty points at Headingley and not got the win, so it’s quite a tough one to take for us.”
Trinity will look to get back to winning ways when they visit the Grattan Stadium to take on Bradford Bulls this Sunday (kick-off: 3pm).
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