AGAR: WE NEED TO BE TOUGHER UNDER PRESSURE

posted on 23 March 2014

Richard Agar felt his side should have shown more toughness during the second half spell where St. Helens ultimately won the game.

Richard Agar says his side needs to show more toughness under pressure.

Trinity matched their unbeaten opponents in the first half and led 16-4 just after the break when Paul McShane ghosted over from close range.

But three tries in a ten minute spell left the Wildcats reeling and the home side couldn’t find a way back into the game in the final quarter.  Agar felt his side could have put up more resistance when under the pump.

“I thought we were doing well,” he said.  “I thought it was a decent game in the first half, a little bit frantic, a good speed to the game and both teams looking to attack.  We got a breakaway try in there but a fairly close game and when we went 16-4 up, obviously a really good start to the second half.

“But then we had a period where we touched the ball three times in 15 sets and in one of those we gave away a penalty with the ball in our hands.  It was during that period that they came up with four tries.  My beef with my team is that we’ve got to be a bit stronger and when momentum goes against us we’ve got to work extra hard to break it.  I felt we didn’t.

“There were a couple of times where we let it get away from us on our own try line where I’d like us to show a bit more resilience under pressure and fatigue.  Having said that, I thought there were plenty of penalties in there and the game was refereed differently in the second half to what it was in the first.”

Agar confirmed that Jimmy Keinhorst came off with a recurrence of a hamstring injury whilst Danny Kirmond had a back injury but it is not thought to be serious.

Listen to Agar’s full post-match press conference on the Wildcats Audioboo channel HERE.

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