Wildcats head coach, Richard Agar, was disappointed with the attitude his side showed in defeat to Championship side Featherstone Rovers on Sunday afternoon.
Trinity were left reeling from a red hot start by the hosts in which they posted sixteen unanswered points in the opening nine minutes with the Wildcats barely venturing out of their own half.
That blitz left Wakefield with an uphill task to get a result from the game but with that of secondary importance in pre-season matches, Agar was still disappointed by aspects of his teams showing whilst paying tribute to an impressive Rovers display.
“I’m always loathed to completely bemoan the performance of my own team because it does a bit of a disservice to the opposition,” said Agar after the game.
“I thought the opposition started brightly and for the first ten minutes were beating us in every facet of the game.
“I’m going to question our attitude. We were beat for enthusiasm and desire in ten minutes of the game which put 16 points on the scoreboard. You don’t look at scoreboards too much in trial games but it put a completely different complexion on a game that was always going to be a difficult offensive game given the conditions.
“I’m going to have a look at some of the leaders in our team for the way we started the game. To concede a try like we did straight from the kick-off was nothing short of an embarrassment for the individuals concerned.
Over the course of the game our skill level wasn’t good enough, some of our execution with really good opportunities wasn’t good enough and our defence on the edge, on a day that wasn’t great for using the ball or running round teams, and we go run around three or four times on the edge. We were way too passive defenseively and the decisions we came up with were poor.
“We’ve got plenty to work on and we’re looking at this couple of weeks for some of our guys to put their best foot forward. We’ve got seven blokes to come into the team and we want to use this opportunity for guys to be fit, up to speed and knowing their jobs. I just don’t think we had anywhere near enough of those today.”
Agar included 16-year olds Jordan Crowther and Max Jowitt in his matchday squad and less than a year after making their final appearances for the clubs Scholarship, they were both on the field for the final ten minutes of a first team game.
Their appearances were a bright spot on a tough day and Agar was pleased with two more of his youngsters.
“Our younger kids stood up again. Daniel Smith and Chris Annakin up front were bright spots for us. Jordy Crowther, as a 16-year old, caught the eye with a couple of plays and there were some bits and bobs in Danny Washbrook offensively.
“I understand that with so many changes to our side since last season and some players to come in that it’s going to take us a while for us to find our style, but we could have taken a lesson from the opposition and stick at what you do. Unfortunately we were strewn with errors and the start of the game put a completely different complexion on how we would have wanted it to be as a trial game.”
The Wildcats now look ahead to a three-day camp in Wales before ahead of the next friendly clash when Huddersfield Giants visit the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Sunday 26th January (kick-off: 3pm).
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