Wakefield head coach Richard Agar has told Wildcats TV he is hoping for a similar spectacle to the 2012 38-18 victory over the Rhinos tonight when the two sides meet once again.
Agar led his side to four meetings between the West Yorkshire neighbours in his first season in charge which included the dramatic play-off at Headingley Carnegie where Wakefield pushed the eventual champions all the way.
Trinity have also played Leeds twice in the traditional Boxing Day fixture with the latest
one seeing a red card for Justin Poore on his red, white and blue debut in an eventful festive day match.
You can watch the full length interview with Agar HERE but as a taster to tonight’s fixture the Wildcats boss admits the game tonight could be a thriller.
“We have a number of players that do have a Leeds connection and with it being a derby and I would also say from when we played them last year they were good games.
“Right throughout they were good, entertaining games and games that we felt we were in for long periods, even the play-off game we looked back at the ifs buts and maybes. If we can reproduce that sort of quality it will be a spectacle that’s worth looking forward to.
“We have Justin Poore and Ali Lauitiiti returning, obviously we went with some guys out of our team last week and I thought a lot of our player fronted up.
“I’ve been really impressed by them (Leeds) so I was shocked by the Huddersfield score although they are top of the competition for a reason.
“I think Leeds look extremely fit and they are getting off their line really quickly and they are a strong powerful team and as we always know with Leeds they’ve got the brilliant individuals that can produce plays that can beta players one on one.”
Two senior players return to the fold against Brian McDermott’s side while a bumper crowd is expected at the home of the Wildcats. Agar also spoke about how his team are coping with injuries this campaign.
“It is tough for us but for half a season last year we had a good run with injuries. If you remember this time last year we copped one or two, Ali was missing, Dean Collis and Danny Kirmond at a similar patch then but we struggled to get the same level of performance without those players on.
“We’ve moved on but I would still say the calibre of players out of our team for us is a significant loss so its up for everyone else to raise their game.
“I think the fortunate thing for us is if not this week they will be back next week so it’s not like we’re missing people for large chunk, they’ve been 3-4 week injuries.
“I thought we had a couple of guys last week like Olly Wilkes who was left out of the team a couple of weeks ago and Vince Mellars who hasn’t played a lot this year I thought they had really good performances and will retain their place this week.”
Agar gives a much more in-depth preview to tonight’s derby HERE on Wildcats TV.
Tickets are available on the turnstiles at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium for tonight’s 8pm kick-off. Adults are charged £22 entry on the day while juniors and concessions are just £12.
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