posted on 21 February 2014

Richard Agar offered up no excuses for his sides poor performance in defeat to Bradford Bulls on Thursday night.

Richard Agar conceded his side were 'really poor' in defeat to Bradford Bulls.

Trinity conspired against themselves throughout the 80 minutes and whilst both teams were far from at their best, it was the Wildcats who came up with more of the ultimately costly errors in the game.

After a slow start the home side looked capable of getting back into the game when Ali Lauitiiti crashed over in the second half to bring Trinity within six points, but errors and penalties continued to be their downfall and a further Bulls try on the back of one such error killed off Agar’s men.

“It was poor all round,” admitted the Wildcats boss.

“There were too many errors and the way we turned the ball over was cheap far too many times.  In our start to the game we had four out of the first fifteen sets and that’s going to obviously sap you out.

“Offensively, other than the fundamental errors, I thought we played too sideways.  It was a night and conditions for being direct and I thought we had some joy when we did that.  But we just didn’t want to play tough enough and wanted to carry on where we left off on Sunday and pass the ball around a team instead of trying to play through them.  I’m really disappointed in the way we conceded our tries too; I thought they were soft tries.

“Even when it was a six-point ball game, we conspired to make too many errors.  We were still in with a chance when we got it down to six points, but you can’t expect to win a game when you make the amount of errors and the type of errors we made.

“I’ve no complaints about getting beat tonight.  My only complaint is at our own players who didn’t do their jobs and never game themselves a chance.  It was a really poor display from us.”

Agar threw new signing Jarrod Sammut into the mix after around 20 minutes and the former Bulls man provided some of the brighter moments from those in red, white and blue, coming inches short of a debut try in the second half.

Given the lack of platform afforded to him and fellow new recruit Pita Godinet, Agar said it was difficult to judge Sammut on his first outing.

“It’s very difficult to judge him (Sammut) on a night like tonight in a team what is turning the ball over and not really creating a platform.  He tried to throw some energy in there in a couple of opportunities and create for us.  He’ll be better long term.

“I can understand at times our lack of cohesion because we’ve had limited prep, we’ve got new players in important positions and we haven’t really been able to train anymore this week so I totally understand that and know we’ll get better.”

You can listen to Agar’s full post-match press conference on the Wildcats Audioboo channel.

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