Agar warning for Warrington


9th August 2013

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach Richard Agar has warned Super League title hopefuls Warrington Wolves his side are due a "big win".

The Wildcats travel to the Halliwell Jones Stadium this weekend smarting after having their play-off hopes damaged by three successive narrow defeats.

Agar's men were edged out by two and then seven points in back-to-back games against Leeds Rhinos and went down by just two to Bradford Bulls last weekend.

The losses have left them three points outside the top eight ahead of the daunting clash against a Wolves side with their eyes on top spot, but Agar is not fazed.

Agar said: "Looking at our last three games, we have felt we have been in a good run of form. We have had three extremely tight games.

"I don't think we'd approach any game and think we hadn't got a chance. We're not that type of team.

"We always attack every game that we have. We know if we can match them in certain areas we have got a team that can trouble any team in the competition.

"We are certainly not going there on the back of three defeats thinking we have got a crisis.

"We are thinking we are not too far away from getting that big win."

Agar accepts his side were beaten by the better team in the first of the Leeds encounters but since then feels they have contributed to their own downfall.

He said: "We have had too many errors over the last two weeks.

"Defensively we are holding up all right but if we are constantly inviting the opposition to play down our end, and having to defend the tryline more often than not, eventually they will find a way through.

"It's frustrating. We have seen for long periods we have been the better team against some quality opposition.

"It is frustrating we haven't quite been able to fix it up to the level to bring the game home.

"It is heaping too much pressure on us - and pressure we don't need to be under."

With just four games remaining Agar knows there is now little room for error.

"I think we are up against it," said Agar, whose side still have to play St Helens, Huddersfield Giants and Castleford Tigers. "Time is running out for us.

"We are going to need an exceptional run of form and hope other results go our way.

"That is out of our hands but while we have got a chance, this team will fight to the very end."

Agar has added three youngsters to his squad in Matty Wildie, Liam Kay and Bobbie Goulding in the hope of freshening things up while Justin Poore and Dean Collis are injured.

It would be a competitive debut for half-back Goulding if he plays. The 20-year-old has impressed while on loan with Dewsbury this season while utility back Kay, 21, has shone at Doncaster.

Agar said: "Maybe the time is now to have a look at some of our younger players."

Warrington may have a new half-back combination in operation in Michael Monaghan and Stefan Ratchford with Richie Myler out and Lee Briers doubtful.

Hooker Monaghan is an option at half-back having recovered from injury while full-back Brett Hodgson is also fit. Veteran prop Adrian Morley has a dead leg.

Coach Tony Smith is taking nothing for granted against a Wakefield team he expects to be as keen to win as his own.

He said: "They're a good team, particularly with the ball in hand. I think everybody has seen how dangerous they are.

"They can attack and cause problems for just about any team in the competition so we're going to have to be very good with the ball ourselves.

"They're a good team that wants to win. I think they're going to be a good opposition for us.

"It's a tricky game for both teams and the team that concentrates the most will come out on top."