Wakefield head coach Richard Agar says his Wildcats team hold no fear heading into this Sunday’s home game against Warrington, kick-off 3.30pm.
The Wolves are the current Challenge Cup holders and Super League runners up after reaching the Grand Final in 2012 and will be expected to reach similar heights this season.
Tony Smith’s men went into the weekend sitting in 4th position in the league ladder with six wins and are six points better off than Trinity despite currently going through a sticky patch after losing two of their last three outings.
Rapid Solicitors Stadium will play host to the Wildcats for only the second home game in five weeks and the Wakefield boss is looking forward to the fixture.
“We are pleased to be back on home soil,” admitted Agar.
“We hold no fear and it’s one that rising to play the best teams in the comp, particularly at home is something we should look forward to.
“The boys can gain some confidence out of a number of things, not least the amount of points we scored last week but for a long period of the game certainly in the ruck we held our own defensively last week.
“(Tony) Smithy has built them into a powerhouse of the game with some terrific backing from a very forward thinking Chairman. They’ve built a squad, they’ve had a very settled team and on the back of some Challenge Cup wins they made a Grand Final last year and will be looking to go one better and win it this year.
“That is the target they set for themselves so we know the standard of the team and the quality of the players they’ve got. Some of the individuals they’ve got in the team are outstanding but that’s the challenge in front of us.”
Trinity have only managed one victory in recent times, a 37-16 victory over rivals Castleford after a series of difficult fixtures as Agar reviews recent fixtures.
“We feel the last six week block we had throwing in Easter and the fixtures we had is arguably our toughest period of the competition. We are well aware of that and it coincided with one or two injuries in there.
“It is a tough fixture but one that we can play a strong part in if we get our best game on the field. I think we’ve had a good week’s practice and we can take plenty from the Wigan game.
“There are obviously a few things that we need to keep doing better but we feel we made some big strides in certain areas of the game despite only having 12 men.”
Agar was quick to quash any rumours regarding the future of Vince Mellars after stories in local newspapers linked the second-rower with a move away from the club. The former Crusaders man started against Wigan and the head coach says he is very much part of his plans.
“Vinny is in the team and I don’t think I need to say too much more than that really.
“Somebody from Featherstone has told a reporter and got a little bit excited, they’ve obviously been looking and seen Vinny hasn’t been featuring in the team up to three or four rounds ago but we’ve been really happy with his form since he come in.
“At this moment in time we’ve had an enquiry not only about Vinny but two or three of our players from various areas but we’re in the cup and everybody is going to be playing next week so at the moment I have no plans on losing anybody from our squad.”
You can listen to Agar’s full pre-match press conference HERE where he further discusses tomorrow’s game and how he will handle his squad for the Challenge Cup tie against Hemel.
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