Wildcats head coach Richard Agar is aiming for consistency over the second half of the season with today’s game against Catalan (kick-off 5.05pm) the 14th round of Super League.
Wakefield went into the weekend in 10th spot in the league and have a game in hand over teams above them with the rearranged clash against Leeds due to take place on Wednesday 30th July.
Confidence is high in the Wildcats camp after successive victories over Hemel Stags and Widnes in a much improved performance and Agar says they can take lots from that moving forward to facing the Dragons.
“I thought generally overall we put in a pretty good display,” admitted Agar.
“Defensively through the middle of the field on what can be a tough pitch at times to get much ruck control, we were very good (in that area).
“It was an entertaining game and I felt overall we defended well for long periods and I thought we deserved the win. From our point of view we didn’t kick the ball well enough and the end of our sets, whether that be close in or trying kicks from deep within our own territory, I just thought we could have built a bit more pressure.
“I’d praise our front-row last week, I felt it was the best time they’ve performed as a unit all year in terms of the consistency of the four guys that rotated up front.
“Kyle Amor was his best display, Andy Raleigh is gradually getting back to where we want him to be and of course Oliver Wilkes will remember the game for quite a long time and in particular the interview he did after where he got very excited.”
Justin Poore is expected to return against the Frenchmen today after missing the 28-26 win over the Vikings to add further strength to the fearsome pack while the head coach says the team are not too far away from where they need to be.
“I know it’s only the halfway point and from a points perspective we are actually in front of where we were last year. But we can’t go banking on seven wins on the trot. It’s rare a club like Wakefield achieve a feat like that. Of course we’ll be aiming for it but we’re realistic as well.
“Consistency over an extended period is more important for us this time round and more achievable.
“We have pushed a few close and undoubtedly getting over the line, particularly in some home games, is going to be important from here on in.
“We know that Catalan away and Huddersfield at home in particular have been close games. We were disappointed with our Salford and our Hull performances so being able to take a couple of scalps at home is going to be important for us on the way in.”
Trinity beat the Dragons in an early season fixture in 2012 at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium with the last fixture producing a 29-22 defeat at the Stade Gilbert Brutus in March but Agar says it was not all doom and gloom in France.
“We took a lot of positives from it. We got hampered a little bit by losing Andy Raleigh so early as we did and we lost Frankie Mariano very early in the second half as well.
“We got pipped in the last three or four minutes where we ran out of energy and we were hanging on in the last 16 or 17 minutes because we struggled with rotation. Perhaps that could have been a different story on that night but we know what a tough proposition they are.
“They have one or two injury problems as well but I think the positives they’ll take out of that at the moment is that the emergence and the form of one or two of the younger French players. Some of the less heralded players are playing particularly well for them.”
Agar’s full pre-match press conference can be seen on the Wildcats Sound Cloud account HERE.
Adults are £22 on the turnstiles while juniors and concessions are £12 so make sure you are at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium this evening to cheer on your Wildcats team.
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