Wakefield head coach Richard Agar has confirmed he won’t be making wholesale changes to his team on for Saturday’s cup clash with Hemel Stags (kick-off: 6pm).
Australian prop Justin Poore will be available for selection after missing the defeat against Warrington through suspension while a number of first team regulars are also expected to feature as the Trinity boss looks for his side to find more consistency in areas of their game.
Captain Danny Kirmond and 2012 Player of the Year Andy Raleigh are two such players who could well feature after missing recent games through injury as they look to string a number of matches together, whilst members of the first team squad who have limited game time are also set to get their chance to impress.
Agar says confidence isn’t an issue, but the timing of the cup game provides an opportunity to tighten up on some aspects of recent performances.
“I don’t think confidence is a massive problem for us,” claimed the Wildcats boss.
“The guys have spoken a little bit in the changing rooms after (the Warrington game) and we have to recognise we are doing good things for large parts of the game. It’s a case for doing them a little bit longer and certainly we know we have to improve defensively, we know that.
“I think it is a good time (for the cup). We have come out of what I personally think is our hardest six weeks with Easter thrown in there as well.”
While a high quality team will be fielded by Agar it does provide an opportunity to rest a minority of players who haven’t missed a game so far this season.
Meanwhile, Danny Cowling, Kyle Trout and Matty Wildie have impressed at Wildcats partner club Doncaster and they could also play which would give a home grown feel to the encounter.
Agar explains he doesn’t have a big squad to choose from which means it will give his first teamers a chance to build on the good points from recent outings.
“I think it will give us time to recuperate and hopefully rest a few bodies up that have had heavy workloads. A guy like Paul Aiton will benefit from a week off and get refreshed.
“It will give us some time to spend on quality work on trying to shore up some areas and getting a little bit more of what we need which is those good things for longer periods.
“We can’t rest everybody because our squad is simply not that big and I think we’ve also got players that undoubtedly at this moment of time still need to play and keep playing to improve on some of this stuff.
“It will give us a great opportunity from a training point of view and also to have a look at some of the young guys that have been playing particularly well out there on dual-registration.”
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