Wildcats head coach Richard Agar says his team will not go far wrong this season if they play like they did in the 18-16 defeat to Huddersfield.
Wakefield were edged out at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in a close fought encounter that went to the wire. The hosts had a last gasp Lee Smith try ruled out for a forward pass which would have won the game but referee Richard Silverwood deemed Tim Smith’s pass to his namesake forward.
The late drama rounded off an eventful match with both sides giving their all in the quest for the two Super League points on offer. Huddersfield head coach Paul Anderson suggested the best team lost after the game and his counterpart Agar didn’t disagree.
“We might have shaded it over the 80,” said Agar.
“We certainly had opportunities to win it, I don’t think that’s in dispute. We gave ourselves a good chance and I think when you have a look at the 80 minutes we let a couple of opportunities slip.
“We’ll also look to a period in the game ourselves when our passing let us down a little bit and the way we turned the ball over didn’t help us during the game.
“Their first two tries came from not great transition plays where we gave a lot of territory up and we ended up conceding off the back of it but more positives for me in terms of the effort and commitment.
“For long periods we punched holes in them but they defended well as well at times. They made it tough for us to crack them but we had a chance at the end at unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
“There are things we can improve on but if we continue to play with the same commitment for each other and keep throwing what we’re throwing at teams then we won’t go far wrong this season.”
The game’s decisive factor and talking moment was the try by Smith that never was after it was ruled out for a forward pass. Agar gave his views while admitting it was an encouraging performance.
“The guy that passed it didn’t think it was forward. Get me on the spot in front of the cameras when the microphones are on and the match commissioner listening at the back of the room I’d say I’m not sure. I’d like to measure it to see if it was more forward than Jermaine McGillvary’s and if it’s not, then so be it. If it is then I’ll probably wake up in the middle of the night screaming my head off.
“I was really encouraged by a lot of things we did this season but at the same time we knew playing Huddersfield we had to turn the ball over really well and we didn’t quite do that at times. That gave too much position up for us and they capitalised really well on that. As a game I thought it was a really good old fashioned contest.”
You can listen to Agar’s full post match press conference HERE via the clubs Sound Cloud account where he also gives the latest on Danny Kirmond’s injury.
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