Richard Agar wasn’t satisfied with another valiant defeat against the Champions, insisting the Wildcats were their own worst enemies.
Back-to-back tries for Justin Poore and Frankie Mariano put Trinity in control and on course for a win with five minutes remaining but the Rhinos struck back before Rob Burrow rubbed salt into the wounds with a try on the hooter.
It was another case of what might have been for the Wildcats against Leeds and Agar didn’t hide his disappointment at his team’s poor game management.
“It was a tremendous effort but one we’re not happy with,” said the Wildcats head coach.
“We felt we just didn’t learn the lessons from last week and by not learning the lessons about our mistakes it became another mistake and at crucial times with our game awareness and game sense, we came up with some poor plays and wrong decisions.
“There was nothing in it. The game could have gone either way right until the death and I just felt Ben Jones-Bishop’s try – we’ve been scorched by Leeds before on these types of plays. It’s something we spoke about and worked on all week and the way we turned the ball over to dangerous players with no-one around meant we got what we deserved and he run the length of the field.
“Then we get back in front, cough the ball up on our yardage set and then we have the chance to level it at the end and we run a ball towards the sideline on the last play. Just not smart enough at crucial times and I thought Sinfield and Burrow were, and that was the difference.
“We had ample chances and opportunity. It was always going to be a close game but we had pole position once we went in front and we felt we lost it rather than they won it.”
Agar refused to use the loss of skipper Danny Kirmond two minutes from kick-off as an excuse, the captain having an adverse reaction to a pain killing injection to force him to watch from the sidelines.
He was also remaining positive and believes the Wildcats still have a great opportunity to make the play-offs but has demanded more from his team.
“It doesn’t really change the position from where we were at the start of the game. It’s a shootout now with five games to go. Ourselves and Bradford becomes a massive game next week. Plain and simply, we’ve got to win more games than Hull on the run-in, which we can do.
“We’re not happy with two good efforts. We were really happy with our effort last week but we’re not happy this week. We’ve come up with some crucially poor decisions at critical times.”
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