Richard Agar has targeted the next third of the season as an opportunity for his squad to pick up Super League points.
It’s been a testing opening third of the campaign for Agar and his charges, two wins over Catalans Dragons and London Broncos the only tangible rewards for a Trinity squad trying to establish their best combinations amid a raft of late arrivals and injuries.
After successive away games and Magic Weekend, the Wildcats look forward to seven home matches out of the following eight and Agar says it is a period of the season his squad can target to pick up points to pull themselves away from the bottom two.
“We’ve been in a tough trot,” said Agar.
“Leeds back-to-back were tough games for us and we underperformed at Hull KR. We’re coming into a period over the next six or seven weeks where we think we’ve got a good opportunity to pick some points up.
“Our guys have still got a good attitude. I’m not working with a team that by any stretch of the imagination is demoralised, I’m working with a team that are very determined and committed and believe that in front of us we’ve got some points within us.”
“Their home form has been very good with the exception of Widnes where they got a little bit upset by that performance but that’s probably doing the opposition a bit of a disservice who I think are travelling really well.
“They’ve had some good performances, good passages of play and strung some good attacking rugby together. They’ll probably be frustrated by their away form. A lot of them have been within a score so they’ll probably be a little frustrated they haven’t plucked one or two more away victories.
“I do think they are a team who when they get their ‘A’ game on the field over the course of the 80 minutes, they will be a challenge for most teams in the competition. They’ve got a lot of power up front with Carvell, Paea and Jordan Thompson is a player who’s starting to find his role in the middle of the field.
“They’ve a couple of terrific dummy halves and seem to have been similar to ourselves in a few question marks over what is their best combination through the pivots. Jamie Shaul at full-back is a player with outstanding potential. They’re a tough proposition and arguably Joe Westerman is their outstanding player over a period of time.
“He’s getting his hands on the ball a lot, playing with a lot of confidence and mixing up a good running game with some really deft touches on the football. He looks to have assumed some seniority within their team which I’m sure is something Lee is really happy about.”
Agar will be able to call upon Jacob Fairbank for the first time after the Huddersfield Giants forward joined on loan on Thursday with Taulima Tautai and Andy Raleigh struggling with injury and Chris Annakin still working his way back to full fitness after being fast tracked into the side after serious knee injury.
Having strengthened in the forwards, Agar is keen to add further options to his outside backs.
“We’re short of backs at the moment and are really light in the three-quarters. I’d actively like to get a three-quarter in the club if we can. I thought Lucas Walshaw played really well for us at Huddersfield and he’ll keep his spot in the squad this week. But I’ve probably felt it all season, that if we did pick up a knock in the backs or anybody was out of form, we would be a little bit light and I still think that is the case.
“We’re tossing one or two names around and making one or two enquiries but I think it is going to boil down to finance.”
You can listen to Agar’s press conference in full on the Wildcats Audioboo channel HERE.