AGAR: POOR START SET TONE FOR DERBY DEFEAT

posted on 19 May 2014

Wildcats boss Richard Agar thought the Wildcats poor start to the Magic Weekend clash with Castleford Tigers set the tone for a below par performance.

Richard Agar says the slow start to the game against Castleford Tigers.

Trinity were never really in the game against a Tigers side continuing to show that their early season form was no flash in the pan, the victory lifting them to third in the First Utility Super League at the midway point of the campaign.

Agar says his side knew what to expect from Castleford but simply didn’t carry it out on matchday.

“We’ve had two or three weeks of heading in the right direction but when we have too many people that aren’t at the top of their game then we have got that in us,” said Agar of a second derby defeat of the year.

“I thought the start of the game was very, very important for us.  Castleford do start games exceptionally well and have done all season and I thought once we were in the grind in the first few sets we then throw a really soft, loose pass in our own ten, try a chip and chase and kick a ball out on the full.  It probably set the tone for us.  We felt at half-time we were dealing with a shell shocked team.

“We felt that two or three of Castleford’s tries we handed them to them on a plate.  They were clinical and they’re a good side, a really good side.  We didn’t have enough answer or response to the guys in the middle. The amount of offloads they got and Daryl Clark was particularly threatening off the back of that.  We practised for it, trained for it but at the coalface you’ve got to make your tackles better than we did.”

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

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