DERBY DOUBLE ENSURES NO SLIP IN FOCUS, SAYS AGAR

posted on 31 August 2013


Head coach Richard Agar says the whole squad are fully focused on ending the season on a high as the Wildcats prepare for their penultimate fixture of the season away to Huddersfield on Sunday.

Richard Agar says two local derbies provide the ideal focus for his team at the end of the season.

Defeats against Warrington and St Helens mean that Trinity can no longer make the play-offs but the Wakefield boss believes there is still plenty to play for going into the two remaining fixtures.

“We have really stressed the importance of finishing the season well and trying to sustain and maintain everything we have worked hard on over the last 18 months or two years.

“Keeping our minds focused and the level of performance right is important so we can get the win or two we feel we deserve from here on in. We want to finish the season on a good note and finish as high up the table as we possibly can.”

All eyes will be on the Giants going into Sunday’s clash at the John’s Smith Stadium as a win will see them pick up the League Leaders Shield for the very first time.

This is something Agar believes could also motivate his players as they look to pick up their first points since the 24-14 victory against Widnes at the beginning of July.

“It sets it up nicely for us, we are going to a team who is playing for a trophy and we’re on Sky television so the game has some meaning to us as well.

“The last game is also a huge local derby and will decide who finishes above who in the competition so both games have got some significance in them and in the bigger picture that will really help us.”

When Wakefield met Huddersfield earlier in the season a Jermaine McGillvary hat-trick helped Paul Anderson’s men to an 18-16 victory in a pulsating encounter at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

This time round the Wildcats head coach is more than aware that his team must improve on recent weeks if they are to spoil the party and beat the Giants away for the second successive year.

“We know there are things in our game that we haven’t done great over the last few weeks and we know that we are going to have to do a lot better if we want to beat a team like Huddersfield.

“We sat down a couple of weeks ago and we talked about the importance of how we wanted to finish our season. Regardless of who we play we have set ourselves some goals and targets which we want to hit.”

Tickets for this round 25 Super League encounter are priced at £15 for adults, students and seniors with junior tickets available at £5.

Purchase your tickets for this game by visiting the Wildcats retail outlets at either the Rapid Solicitors Stadium or Ridings Centre Store or alternatively call 01924 201548.

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