Wildcats head coach Richard Agar praised his sides tenacious display in fighting back against Warrington, but says they must tighten up in areas of their game.
The Wolves led 24-6 at one stage in the first half to leave the Wildcats with an uphill task to get anything from last season’s Grand Finalists. But two tries late in the first half gave Trinity the impetus to pressurise the Warrington line and although the Wolves pulled clear once more, a couple of late tries almost set up a grandstand finish.
Brett Hodgson’s drop goal put the game beyond Wakefield’s reach with less than five minutes on the clock, and whilst pleased with his sides attacking prowess, Agar conceded that defensively his side must improve.
“We were happy with large parts of our attack and I thought that went really well,” said Agar.
“We started a bit soft and sloppy but after 20-25 minutes we warmed into the game. I thought the second half performance we toughened up a lot.
“Unfortunately, defensively we’re a little bit off at the moment. Against a team with as much attacking quality as Warrington the last thing we needed was to give them a start in the game.
“I applaud my boys for their tenacity in coming back and I thought we showed a great endeavour to attack and we always looked like we had points in us but for the moment we’ve got to keep working on our defence.”
A key moment in the game came with the Wildcats trailing by just six points and with a penalty to march them upfield. However, Paul Sykes’ kick drifted back into play on the strong wind and from there Warrington went on to seal the game with Hodgson’s effort.
Agar pointed to that and some poor composure at the end of sets as costly in pursuit of completing a comeback.
“If you look at that (the penalty not finding touch) and the way we turned the ball over on a couple of occasions, we had a lot of momentum in the second half and a couple of times our last play options were a little poor. There was just too much looseness in those areas for us to sit in the changing rooms and argue that it was one that got away.
“While we applaud our resilience and some of the football we played to get back into the game, we weren’t tight enough in our ball control in the first half, and the way we turned the ball over in the second half.
“I don’t think confidence is a massive problem for us. We’ve just got to recognise that whilst we’re doing good things for large parts of the game, we’ve got to do them for a little bit longer.”
The Wildcats boss reported no serious injuries, although Paul Sykes will have a precautionary x-ray after suffering a slight indentation to his head.
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