posted on 30 March 2013

Wildcats head coach Richard Agar was pleased with his sides clinical performance in seeing off local rivals Castleford Tigers.

Richard Agar was pleased with his sides performance against Castleford Tigers.

The visitors were the dominant force in the first half which saw four converted tries and a drop goal to give a 25-0 lead at the interval.

Castleford mounted a fightback in the second half to leave the score at 25-16, but two further tries from Peter Fox and Lee Smith secured a thoroughly deserved victory that makes it three successive wins over the clubs nearest rivals.

“I thought we were clinical,” said Agar after the match.  “We had a scare in the second half and we knew that at some point Castleford would have a period but at the same time we thought we started the second half pretty softly.

“Their third try was an outstanding try and brought the game back into the balance a little bit but we kept our composure throughout.  We got a little ruffled by losing Sykesy and making some changes plus not being able to rotate people like we wanted to.

“But on the whole, my overriding feeling is, we’ve had some players that haven’t played for between two to four weeks.  We were worried that having so many back at once, how they’d cope.  I thought we did a really good job for 60-65 minutes.

“We started physical and the first twenty minutes of the game I thought we were the team getting on our fronts a lot carrying the ball and making really good headway down the field.  We earned the right to play down their end of the field.  We probably created enough chances throughout the game to probably go on and post a few more points but we let a couple slip in the first half.  Overall, I’m really pleased.”

Agar welcomed back some key players for the derby and he admitted that he was worried their lack of game time may count against his side as the Tigers fought back.

However, he praised his sides character to weather that storm and come back to seal the game.

“We didn’t think we had a foothold in it at all and we were starting to think that we were paddling a little bit in the middle of the field.  We tried to change one or two things tactically on the run to give our big guys a rest.  We came up with a couple of poor decisions and gave a few silly penalties away so we probably brought the pressure up on ourselves and Castleford capitalised.

“We saw it through and came back with a good try, some good possession down their end and it became a bit of daylight between the teams.”

The game ended in bizarre fashion seven minutes from time with fans being evacuated from one of the stands following an issue with one of the floodlights.

Although yet to be formally confirmed, the Wildcats victory is expected to stand and Agar explained it was a joint decision to call time on the match early.

“I think the rule from the RFL is that the result can stand if it goes past 60 minutes but it’s at their discretion.  Myself and Ian spoke on the sideline in consultation with the match officials and everybody said that safety is paramount and we didn’t know how long it was going to be until we could undertake the game again.

“So with six or seven minutes to go, the sensible thing to do was to let the result stand.”

Agar reported no injury worries ahead of Monday’s clash with Hull FC, with Paul Sykes taken off with a cut to his face in the second period.

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