Wakefield Wildcats head coach Richard Agar has revealed it wasn’t just the score line that went against his team at St. Helens today after picking up injuries to crucial personnel.
The Wildcats went down 42-12 at a freezing cold Langtree Park against a strong Saints side. The hosts ran away with the game in the second half after they led 16-6 at the break. Tim Smith left the field of play around the 15 minute mark, replaced by try scorer Isaac John while Andy Raleigh damaged his ribs late in the second half.
A concerned Richard Agar spoke to the press and revealed the bad news regarding the treatment room.
“Tim Smith is going for an x-ray and at the moment it may well be an all or nothing injury,” said Agar
“He may well have broken his leg or it may well just be bruising but he’s struggling on it at the moment. He’ll get x-rayed as soon as we get back tonight and we’ll get the results from that, he lasted about 15 minutes and he’s struggling. It’s the lower part of his leg, his tibia so we’re going to see if there’s a crack in there.
“Andy Raleigh in his first game back has rib cartilages as well. As most people that have had them they will know they are painful and difficult to get about on. We will assess him and that’s not good news.”
Trinity only troubled the scorers on two occasions through Isaac John and Lee Smith and the visitors head coach was far from impressed with his side’s performance, but, admits there were positives.
“I think we will probably look back at the tape and we will probably see some good bits of play where we cut them open and creates a fair amount of chances.
“From where we got to last year we built a lot of our season on working hard for each other and we call it doing all the trademark things really well. Today I don’t think we had enough of our team willing and ready to roll our sleeves up and get into that tough set for set type rugby.
“Our front rowers did look short of a run and we haven’t done a lot of training this week while they haven’t had much game time. We had some elements of good play, particularly with the ball. I thought the younger guys like Brad Singleton again really ripped in and I thought Reece Lyne seemed to cause them some problems on the left hand side.
“We’ll look to conceding tries from dummy half as an indication that we are short of where we need to be attitude wise.”
“However, I think the highlight for me some of the young kids like Singleton and Annakin in the 20-25 minutes at the end. They showed they wanted to have a right crack and that’s good for me. We’ll have a fair bit of video to get through next week and we’ll be looking at why some people haven’t done their job properly.”
“We’ll probably go with a stronger side against Doncaster than we anticipated because we feel we need it. We feel we had a terrific camp but training has been disrupted a fair bit since Christmas and I thought particularly in the middle of the park we looked short of a run so we’ll go into the Donny game with more of a top side than we expected.”
The Wildcats travel to face Doncaster next Sunday 27th January, kick-off 3pm and tickets are only available on the gate at the Keepmoat Stadium. Adults will be charged £12, concessions £6, children £2 while under 5s will be charged nothing.
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