Richard Agar says attitude will be the key ingredient to a successful trip to London this weekend.
Trinity head to the capital buoyed by a first win over the season against Catalans Dragons and boosted by the return of Dean Collis from suspension and Scott Anderson from injury, both of whom are set to return to the matchday line-up.
The past two trips to the Broncos have brought about contrasting fortunes with Agar’s men winning impressively last time out but being kept scoreless in 2012. Agar believes matching the enthusiasm levels of a Broncos side containing a lot of young and hungry players is essential to coming away from the Hive with a positive result.
“We’ve had a look at every game they’ve played so far,” Agar said of London.
“They’ve had a change of assistant coach as well which has probably had an impact on their style of play and they’ve got a lot of young guys looking for an opportunity.
“When I watch them play they’re full of enthusiasm and in parts of their game we’ve seen them improve and get better every week. We’ve stressed to our boys that they have got a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of guys wanting to prove a point. A lot of them are big, physical specimens so for us, we know we’re going to be in a decent contest.
“It’s a very small pitch and we’ve tried to factor that in this week. We’ve been up to QEG’s on their main field where the dimensions are almost identical to the ones we’ll be playing on at the weekend. That’s made a slight difference to how we’ll approach the game and we’ve tried to train accordingly this week.
“It probably strengthens your mentality that you’ve got to try and play through a team. I think that’s a great way to approach this game. One element you do need when you go to play London is a strong attitude. I think that should work in our favour in preparations for this week as a big feature of it has been attitude.
“I looked at them last week and they were better than Warrington in that department for the first 30 minutes and that’s why they were deservedly 16-4 up on the scoreboard. For us, we’ve got to match if not beat their attitude, certainly in the opening parts of the game. If we can adopt a policy of trying to bend the line back and play through them a little bit then that should set the right tone for us.”
It will be a meeting of two sides tipped by many as relegation candidates when the pre-season predictions were being made and with London yet to get off the mark, there’s little doubt Tony Rea’s men will be targeting the encounter as an opportunity to notch up a first victory.
However, Agar believes that a coming together of a number of factors has given the Wildcats added confidence and belief, and whilst expecting a stern examination from the Broncos, he believes the signs are encouraging for his side.
“Ourselves and London are the two teams that when people are doing their ticks and crosses at the start of the year, they’ll mark them down as must win games. But we’ve come off the back of a good win but we probably think we’ll get a tougher challenge this week. We think we’ll get a more spirited and committed side, and that’s not taking anything away from Catalans. But the way they played at the weekend has had big ramifications for them.
“We’ve just got to keep on improving ourselves. The boys are genuinely excited about what sort of team we can become. From a bit of doom and gloom after hte performance against Bradford, all of a sudden we get Sammut and Scruton in the team, Harry’s come to boost us in the halves and Collis is back on the field. Plus we’ve got Tautai in terrific form, people are getting to know each other better and we’re getting more people on the practice park which is making practice better.
“We are starting to understand what is going to make us a good team and we’re confident we can get there. The season isn’t going to be decided on rounds three, four and five, it’s going to be a lot longer period than this.”
You can listen to Richard Agar’s press conference in full on the Wildcats Audioboo channel HERE.