Richard Agar praised his team and Tim Smith in particular for their dominant showing in winning the derby decider over Castleford Tigers.
The Wildcats were in control from the first whistle and after an hour were in a winning position that they were never going to surrender, and not even a couple of late consolation scores for the Tigers could take the gloss of a comprehensive 40-12 win.
It meant the Wildcats took the bragging rights with two derby day wins in 2012 to the Tigers one, and Agar was understandably delighted with his team’s showing.
“I thought right from the word go we were very strong, really dominant and punched a lot of holes in them,” he said after the game.
“At 16-0 we’d been held up over the line three times but I felt early in the second half we came out and posted another couple of tries.
“Generally, our defensive display was pretty good until the last 15-20 minutes where we probably went a little bit sloppy. But I’ll also credit Castleford, I thought they threw more at us, particularly with Jamie Ellis on the field.
“We’ve had three very good weeks and to back up after Monday’s performance I thought was a terrific sign for us.”
It was a win that was orchestrated by scrum-half Tim Smith, who made sure the Wildcats took full advantage of being on the front foot for the majority of the game.
The Australian had a hand in many of the Wakefield tries and Agar heaped praise on his half-back.
“I thought he was very dominant. It’s quite obvious from anyone that watches us play that he pulls the strings for us but I think everyone else has learnt really quickly how to play off him. He’s got a nice compliment with the guys that are playing full-back, playing stand-off and also playing at nine.
“He’s in very good form at the moment and scrum-halves are really at a premium and really hard to find. In some eyes we took a punt on him but today I thought was a masterclass at times. He looked every inch the quality player he is.”
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