Richard Agar questioned the effort levels of some of his players after they were steamrollered by Hull KR on Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats were out enthused by a Robins team who dominated with a performance led by an aggressive display from their pack.
Rovers scored eight tries and Pita Godinet’s intercept in the final five minutes could barely be described as consolation for the travelling Wakefield supporters who witnessed their side second best, in stark contrast to an upturn in form in recent weeks.
Agar was shocked by the poor performance level from his side.
“It’s fair to say we didn’t see that coming,” he said after the game. “I thought we prepared really well for the game and we don’t think we were on the back end of the score line on the back of outstanding football but more what we were lacking.
“I’m not taking anything away from the opposition; they carried the ball really hard and beat us to the punch in every facet of the game. They ran harder, they tackled harder and undoubtedly wanted it more. It’s thrown up a lot of question marks for us as to why we would get a performance so lacking in skill, smartness and at times, effort and desire.
“We’ve got some question marks this week about how we want to respond and where we want to go. What we served up there was terribly, terribly short of where it needed to be.
“Some of the defence in the second half looked at times like they’d given up. They’re the questions that we’re talking to our guys about, was that lack of effort. I’m not going to shy away and hide from that. It’s a trait that I don’t think has too many times been levelled at us. I thought at times in the second half, some of the tries showed a complete lack of effort and we’d stuck up a white flag. That’s a difficult one for us as coaches.”
Agar experimented with his side, Paul Sykes named at stand-off but finding himself at full-back when Trinity were in defence and playing a more orthodox half-back role when Wakefield got their hands on the ball.
Such was the one-sided nature of the game, Agar felt he learnt little as to whether that was a success in terms of boosting the Wildcats attack.
“We felt that Paul would bring a little more balance to our attack. Having another left-footed kicker in there was something we thought we’d need today. I don’t think we found out whether it worked or not because we coughed up the ball ten times in good field position.
“We didn’t find out anything about our attack. The selections were inconsequential today when we had so many blokes not prepared to work hard for each other. When you look at structure and what we’re trying to do, unless you underpin it with enough commitment and desire, you’re going to struggle.”
Agar revealed that Taulima Tautai will have x-rays on a suspected broken hand whilst there were also knocks for Reece Lyne (toe) and Scott Anderson (ribs).
Listen to the full post-match press conference HERE.