Richard Agar believed the Wildcats were the architects of their own downfall after a second half drubbing from Hull KR led the Robins to victory.
Wakefield led 18-16 at the interval in an end-to-end contest that was littered with penalties and errors more than it was genuine pieces of quality, but it was Hull KR who got more control in the second half and they scored 28 unanswered points to increase the gap between themselves and the Wildcats in the league table.
Speaking after the game, Agar said his side had nobody to blame but themselves for the disappointing defeat.
“We probably committed more knock-ons and unforced errors today than we have done for a long time,” said Agar, “and I thought it played a massive part in the game.
“At half-time we didn’t think we were playing our best but we felt the team that played with the most control and discipline in the second half would actually enjoy the rest of the game. That wasn’t to be us.
“We made far too many errors, unforced errors on many occasions. Our discipline let us down, although I will say I didn’t think we were on the back of a 7-3 penalty count in the second half. I think every game that this bloke referees becomes a little bit like this, which is a shame for everyone. But that’s not the reason we were behind today, it was very much our own doing.
“We were loose with the ball. In the second half we had hardly any possession in their half at all and when we did we decided to kick it away on play two, which pretty much summed up that we weren’t prepared to play tough enough in that second half.”
The Robins scored three late tries as a tiring Wildcats defence paid the price for having to do too much defending close to their own try line in the second period.
Wakefield’s attacks were sporadic at best in the second 40 minutes and it was the red and whites who enjoyed the dominance in both possession and territory. Agar says his side must learn from this if they are to mount a challenge on the play-off places.
“We need to show a little more resilience and a bit more grit when things are going against us, and on our own try line. We said to them (the players) afterwards, it’s probably a point of our season where we’re still in touch but if we keep putting in performances like that then our season will go one way.
“Alternatively, we can have a good look at ourselves, shake ourselves down and get ready for next week where hopefully we can put in a much improved performance and give ourselves a bit of a kick-start. We felt today was a good opportunity for us and we were nowhere near tough enough to win that game in the second half.
“A lot of it was our own doing and I would like to see us show far more grit and far more resilience when we come across situations like that in the future.”
Agar revealed Peter Fox required eight stitches to a head wound suffered in the first half although he later returned and is expected to have no problems taking to the field at Magic Weekend.
Ali Lauitiiti missed the game after suffering a heel injury in the week’s final training session on Saturday.
You can listen to Agar’s full post-match press conference on the Wildcats SoundCloud account by clicking HERE.
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