Richard Agar praised his side following their convincing victory over Catalan Dragons at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
Braces of tries from Peter Fox and skipper Danny Kirmond spearheaded the Wildcats charge to back-to-back wins as they sapped the energy from the visitors to run out comfortable victors.
The win keeps the pressure on the teams in the top eight as the competition breaks for the fifth round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup next week, and Agar was pleased with the majority of his sides display.
“I was really pleased for most of it,” he said. “I thought we started a little bit slow and both sides eased their way into it and obviously we finished a little bit scruffy. But I’ll probably focus on the sixty minutes between that, in particular the first twenty of the second half and the last twenty of the first half. That was the period where we won the game.
“The wind was probably more deceptive than people thought and I thought to come in with a lead playing into the wind and only using two of our interchanges was a good effort. I thought we worked really hard for it.
“In the second half we showed some really good subtleties on attack and Timmy came up with some really big plays for us.”
Fox and Kirmond’s two tries apiece were the icing on the cake for the Wildcats right edge, with Fox’s try saving tackle another of the highlights in a game where the duo along with Dean Collis were in sparkling form, all three drawing praise from their coach.
“I thought Pete, as he always does, brings a lot of energy to us. On a day like today when moving the ball was a little bit more difficult out of your own end, Pete made some terrific inroads up the side of the ruck in combination with Ben Cockayne.
“Dean Collis looked a threat nearly every time he touched the ball. Even the times when he got it in not a lot of space and defensively he was outnumbered, he caused them a lot of problems. Dean’s been performing really well for us all year.
“We feel he (Kirmond) has been evolving as that leader all the time. He’s one of those kids who you love in your camp. He’s someone who will organise all the extra bits and those things are very precious and vital to a squad. I’m talking about the stuff away from the field, the team spirit side of things. He’s been a big part of what we’ve down here.
“In terms of the leadership role, he’s embraced it, worked really hard on it and it’s added to his game and developed him as a player knowing he’s carrying that responsibility with him.”
Agar wasn’t getting too carried away with the win against a Dragons side who came into the game with a few notable talents on the sidelines, but still boasting a half-back pairing of Leon Pryce and Thomas Bosc plus a typically brutal pack.
The Wildcats boss was pleased with how his side tightened up defensively, but still believes there’s more to come from the men in red, white and blue.
“We still think we’ve got a lot more improving to do. We could have been a lot more ruthless tonight. What we didn’t want to do was get edgy and nervous and it became that way a little bit because we did get a little bit loose with the ball.
“I think we’ve improved in the areas we needed to show the improvements in. Certainly our defence tonight, to concede only two tries in a game is a great effort so we’re making some headway in what we’re doing in the middle of the field which has undoubtedly helped us.”
Agar also reported that he is hopeful Justin Poore will be fit to face Hull FC next week after being forced off rolling his ankle midway through the second period.
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