posted on 6 April 2014

Wildcats boss, Richard Agar says his players must match their level of skill with that of their effort after a second heavy defeat in succession.

Richard Agar has called for his side to up their skill levels to compete with the likes of Leeds.

Trinity were on the end of a hefty scoreline against a clinical Rhinos side who profited from the hosts inability to retain the ball in moments of good field position and errors such as putting restarts out on the full twice in succession.

Leeds showed their quality when presented with the opportunities but Agar felt the Wildcats contributed to their own downfall.

“The first 20 minutes they had a couple of chances but we thought we were competing well enough.  We talked about the quality we’d need to play with the ball when you play Leeds and we tossed up a penalty for obstruction and gave away a penalty on the first play.  We didn’t kick the ball how we wanted to early doors and they had a period where they just posted tries on us far too easily.

“It’s a concern for us with how many tackles we’re winning and how many tackles we’re making.  We’re not going to go too far as a team unless we can fix that up.

“They’re a very good team and it’s going to take a really good team to knock them out of this competition on their day.  For us, we need to have a good look at ourselves and fully understand what it takes if we want to compete on this level.

“I’ve got some guys who are trying really, really hard but within that, there’s a minimum competency level on skill that we’re falling short of.”

Attention returns to Super League once more next week with just five days until the two sides meet again at Headingley Carnegie and as well as areas to work on collectively, Agar revealed that the Wildcats will also be struggling for fit bodies to take on the in-form Rhinos.

“At this stage, it’s plain to see we’ve come out of that game busted up.  We ran out of interchanges and we’ve probably got seven or eight doubts from that team.

“It’s going to be a difficult one and the short turnaround isn’t going to help us in terms of trying to put it right on the training field.  Hopefully we can get a reaction but that’s two weeks running where we’ve been way, way down on where we need to be to compete.”


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