Richard Agar has identified a strong start as important to the Wildcats chances of taking the derby day spoils against Castleford Tigers.
The in-form Tigers have been fast starters at times this year particularly in games against Wigan Warriors and St. Helens, with only a remarkable Saints fightback denying Daryl Powell’s men another famous victory.
Castleford come into the game as the team in better form and Agar says Trinity will have to build on the positives to come out of a defeat to Leeds Rhinos last time out. He says a fast start is imperative and you can listen to his press conference HERE.
“We’re playing a team that is starting teams particularly well,” said the Wildcats boss.
“The start is going to be particularly important for us today. We’ve seen what Cas have done to Wigan and Saints in two really strong first half performances this year so a good start to the game is going to be vital to us.
“We want to get out there and ask some questions of Castleford. Keeping it tight is not something we base our philosophy around. We play our best football and gain our best energy when we use the ball and ask questions of the other team. What’s important for us is we get an equal share of the ball which hasn’t been the case for the last few weeks and a bit of that has been down to us.
“We want the two points. We’re in a position where we’re down at the bottom of the table and every point is vital to us so whether it’s Castleford we’re playing or whoever, we want the two points. We’re getting the feeling from our fans this week and we know how special this game is. For us, the two points what is more important.”
After a run of encouraging performances, the Wildcats early season promise has stuttered somewhat, not aided by injuries to some key players.
However, Agar and his squad haven’t hid behind that as an excuse with the Trinity head coach confident results will come if his players can convert more of their good work during the week to performance levels on a matchday. He also says the importance of the game is not lost on the squad.
“The boys are working hard to turn their form around. We’ve been doing a lot of things right on the training park but that really counts for nothing unless you can do it where it matters at the coalface. I do think that despite a scoreline last week, we could pull a couple of positives out of areas we’d concentrated on during the week.
“We know there’s still a way to go and we’ve got to be better with the ball. We thought we defended in certain areas and facets of the game alright last week. It was certainly an improvement on our last two weeks so we’re looking to keep them and find a little bit more energy with the ball.
“We’re playing a good team in terrific form and we’re looking forward and are excited about the challenge. We always look forward to the derby fixture and there’s a lot at stake for both clubs in league position and there’s a little bit more at stake with it being a local derby.
“You’d be mightily disappointed if you thought your players weren’t going to put that extra bit of feeling into tackles, into carries and push that little effort out when it matters most.”