AGAR: FIRST HALF ERRORS PROVE COSTLY

posted on 21 April 2014

Wildcats boss, Richard Agar, pointed to two first half intercept tries as crucial in defeat to Huddersfield Giants.

Richard Agar pointed to some costly mistakes in defeat.

The Wildcats were architects of their own downfall, handing Huddersfield the opportunity to post points with some basic errors.

Two first half tries had Trinity well in the game at 12-10 down but the Giants struck twice more on the back of Wakefield errors to give them a 24-10 half-time advantage that was a deficit too big for the Wildcats to overcome in the second period.

“We’ll look to a couple tries we conceded in the first half from intercepts,” said Agar after the game.

“We could have found ourselves going into the last ten minutes of the game with a chance of taking it.  For us, we can take plenty of positives out of it again.  We worked hard, were enthusiastic but the little errors are hurting us big time and we need to iron them out of our game.

“Some of the errors that we’re tossing up are hurting us really better.  I can see the effort and see what we’re trying to do, and understand why we’re still a bit disjointed.  I’m hoping the time we will get on the training field before our next game will help us in that respect.

“In the first half we showed some real positivity with the ball but we’ve passed the ball to Huddersfield to come over our try line twice.  When you come in at 24-10 that was undoubtedly the difference on the scoreboard.”

The result meant a sixth straight defeat for the Wildcats as the reality of having a squad coming together in the opening weeks of the season has taken its toll against some strong opposition.

However, there were more signs of improvement and Agar says he and his squad can build on those in their two week break before a next Super League fixture.

“The players feel disappointed but we are quite positive.  We’ve been in a tough stretch of football but we are quite positive that there’s plenty to build on and believes they are still finding their best combination in key positions.

“There’s part of our games that we can move forward with.  But it’s ironing out those fundamental errors.  At this moment in time we need a lot of things to be going our way and when we’re doing that, we’re bursting our own balloon a little bit.

“It’s been hard for us to know what our best 1, 6, 7, 9 combination has been because we’ve playing with such a limited amount of football.  It gives him (Sammut) the opportunity to get on more plays with us and it gives him the freedom in attack to use his great attributes which are his speed and anticipation.

“It takes away a little of the ball playing responsibilities for him.  It’s difficult to know what’s best for us because we’ve had limited ball and we’ve had to chop and change, sometimes through necessity and sometimes because we don’t feel we have been doing the job well enough.  We’ll have a look over these next few weeks.

“Siejka has shown some alright signs.  He needs to get a little bit more match fit and Godinet’s shown some really smart pieces of play as well.  We’ll have a look and try to find something that works for us and give it a chance.”

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

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