posted on 9 March 2014

Richard Agar praised his pack of forwards for leading the way to an emphatic victory over Catalans Dragons.

Richard Agar was pleased to get off the mark.

Trinity were in control throughout against a Dragons side missing eleven players and ran in nine tries in a display that was rampant at times.

Taulima Tautai set the example with his first 20 minute stint in which he crossed for two tries and he was ably supported by the likes of debutant Nick Scruton and Jon Molloy in his first game of the year.

Agar gave felt the Wildcats were full value for their victory.

“Sometimes you don’t have to kill teams with spectacular football.  You just have to carry the ball hard, work hard in defence and kick the ball well so it gives you enough position and opportunity and we did that today.

“People were billing this as a four-pointer but I wasn’t getting too carried away with defeats and I’m not going to get carried away with this win.  It’s how you perform over 27 rounds.  Let’s say we got a win next week, we could be in play-off positions but it’s stupid to talk either way at this moment in time.

“They’re all important games.  I probably feel how I did after round one.  I was unhappy with our effort against Bradford but I’m confident that we’ve got some guys coming back and we’ll continue to improve as a team as the season goes on.

“We challenged Taulima in the week to back up a good performance and strive to be a more consistent player for us.  Nick Scruton added a lot to us and it was difficult for Nick because he was ill an hour or so before the game.  Losing Washy after eight minutes could have had an effect but Jonny Molloy’s first game, Matty Wildie’s first game and I’m pleased with the contribution of some of the less heralded guys who have come in at short notice and with not much game time under their belt.”

The Wildcats themselves were without a number of players themselves meaning there were just three recognised props in the matchday seventeen.  That meant there was extra work on the shoulders of the outside backs.

Agar also praised the kicking of Jarrod Sammut who kicked all ten of his efforts at goal to put the game to bed by half-time.

“I thought our outside backs did a good job.  We talked at half-time about getting them to carry the ball out of our own half and leave the big guys to try and dominate the middle from a tackle point of view.

“You never underestimate the ability to turn fours into sixes.  At half-time, the fact that he’d nailed all the goal kicks, once we got the try at half-time, I don’t think I’ve ever felt as comfortable for the last half hour of the game.  We got out to six or seven converted tries clear at one point and it was nice to be able to make decisions based on looking after people.”

Agar said Pita Godinet was taken off after suffering from cramp and Danny Washbrook suffered a calf strain.

You can listen to Agar’s full press conference HERE.


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