Richard Agar thought his side took a step in the right direction despite the scoreline against Leeds Rhinos.
After a rather lacklustre performance against the same opposition in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup last week, the Wildcats boss called for an improved attitude towards defence when speaking to the media earlier this week.
His players heeded his words and put in a spirited effort that was outdone by the sheer quality and attacking options strung across the pitch in Rhinos colours.
“It’s easy to judge by the scoreline but I thought our effort was much better,” said Agar after the game.
“Our defensive effort in terms of what we tried to do in the tackle, our retreat and organisation of our line – I thought the boys tried hard.
“We had three tries on kick plays which I thought was a big part of the game tonight. We didn’t kick the ball particularly well and our transition play weren’t great. Some of their tries came from us not dealing with kick plays.
“I thought generally our effort was much better, we’ve said that to the boys in there and I think they could feel it. The long and short of it is that we were beaten by a team that has got a lot more quality than us.
“I couldn’t knock our effort. We’ve still got plenty to work on with the ball. We had a lot of strike off the field and not playing tonight which will help us when we get those guys back on the field but it was a step in the direction effort wise.”
Agar confirmed that Ali Lauitiiti faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a medial ligament injury that saw him leave Headingley Carnegie on crutches.
You can listen to the full press conference on the Wildcats Audioboo channel HERE.