Richard Agar was full of praise for his sides defensive efforts against the Champions but admitted they gave themselves too much to do to win the game.
Leeds dominated territory for the vast majority of the 80 minutes but the Wildcats stood firm, the defence only being unlocked four times and two of those coming from pinpoint kicks to the corner.
Trinity had sporadic periods of pressure as errors from both sides littered the game, but with 90 seconds on the clock the Wildcats were still in a position to snatch the game until one final mistake proved too many.
The Wildcats head coach had mixed feelings on his sides performance.
“I was pleased with our defensive effort – I thought we were outstanding,” he said after the game.
“We just asked a little bit too much of ourselves defensively. We got caught on a couple of kick plays which I thought we could have diffused that ultimately proved a little bit of a difference.
“But we had a lot of defending to do. Our effort and attitude in that area was superb given the amount of defending we did have to do.
“We just didn’t have enough ball to win the game and enough good ball and possession on Leeds’ line. A couple of sets spring to mind where I didn’t think we did enough with it and I thought errors got us. Errors at the start of the second half and the end of the second half. I thought we had the momentum in the last 20 minutes and were going to come home strong.
“But we coughed the ball up in some poor ways. It was a difficult night because the pitch was cut very flat and it was quite a hard surface. With the heat and conditions the ball can be difficult, very sweaty. We did expect a little bit of that but I thought there were times when we just didn’t quite do enough with it and there were times when some of our errors were poor errors.
“I still thought we had chances. We were under the weight of possession sometimes when we didn’t deserve to be.”
The Wakefield boss expects to be without Andy Raleigh for the rest of the season as he goes for scans on a suspected fractured cheekbone whilst skipper Danny Kirmond will need scans on a knee injury that forced him off 10 minutes into the second half.
Trinity do battle with the Rhinos again next Friday at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium (kick-off: 8pm) with tickets on sale now. After a bumper crowd of over 18,000 at Headingley Carnegie on Friday night, tickets are sure to be in high demand.
Agar says the Wildcats certainly won’t be lacking in motivation to turn the tables on their West Yorkshire rivals.
“I don’t think hope, desire and confidence is something we’re struggling with at the moment,” commented Agar.
“Our performance with the ball wasn’t great tonight but I think our desire is there for all to see. If we can’t pull any motivation or want to turn that around next week then there’s something wrong with us. We’ll look forward to it.”
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