Wildcats head coach Richard Agar says tomorrow’s clash against Widnes is an extremely important game in terms of Wakefield’s season.
Agar takes his team to Cheshire on Friday (kick-off 8pm) sitting in 11th place in the Super League table, one place and two points behind the Vikings who have nine points from their opening 11 rounds.
Trinity will be looking to make it consecutive wins for the first time since February after sweeping aside Hemel Stags 66-6 at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium last week but Denis Betts and his team will provide a completely different challenge.
If the Wildcats can secure victory at the Stobart Stadium they will leapfrog Widnes and move within three points of the play-offs, the head coach says it’s an important 80 minutes for both teams.
“It’s a really big, significant game,” admitted Agar.
“They are looking above them at the eight and thinking this is an important game for them to knock off if they want to challenge for that eighth spot but so do we.
“We feel we have been unfortunate in a couple of games where we’ve lost leads or lost on the bell but been really competitive but we can’t dwell on that.
“If clubs like ourselves and Widnes want to make a good challenge on that eight then winning these games and winning all the teams around you home and away is very important. Making sure you chalk off your home games and taking some scalps along the way and Widnes have done that at the moment and we’re in the boat where it’s an important game for us for sure.”
Agar masterminded a double over the Vikings in 2012 which included a first week victory on the brand new i-pitch but he says they are a more dangerous outfit this campaign.
“We went over there last year in round one, all the eyes were on the pitch while Widnes had just come into Super League.
“We were a team that had just been thrown together and I’m good mates with Denis (Betts) and we talked before the game and at that point finishing above each other would have been deemed a success over the course of 27 rounds.
“We had contrasting seasons and we ended up over achieving a little bit by making the right but now they are a team that have made improvements to their squad, they’ve certainly found a style and a way to play at home because their home results have been very good so far this year.”
Widnes have only lost one home game this term to St. Helens in the opening weekend of the season and Agar says their artificial pitch does provide a slightly different match.
“It’s a different style of game and they’ve found a way to play on it, their home form has been good. Is that telling you that having played on it last year opposition teams are going into it with indifferent attitudes towards it?
“We are very mindful of that and actually quite a lot of our players enjoyed playing on it last year.”
Listen to the full press conference HERE where the Wildcats chief also reflects on the Tetley’s Challenge Cup draw and discusses his thoughts on the increasing amount of English players plying their trade in the NRL.
Tickets for the game will be available on the turnstiles at the Stobart Stadium priced at £22 adults, £15 concessions and £13 juniors so make sure you head over to Cheshire and cheer on your red, white and blue heroes.
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