Richard Agar believes the quick turnaround has benefited his Wakefield Trinity Wildcats side, as they look to set the record straight against Leeds Rhinos on Friday.
The Wildcats only faced their West Yorkshire rivals as recently as last Sunday in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup – when they were on the wrong end of a 60-6 thrashing. However, Agar believes the short span of time between games means his side are not able to dwell on such a disappointing result.
“In this instance it has probably helped us. We don’t want to dwell on last week’s performance too much – but we’ve got to acknowledge it. As much as we can we have to put it right through the week, but the short turnaround has done wonders for us,” Agar said.
“It’s a case of the lads not wanting to wait to get out on the field again and put things right. I think we’ve got a bunch of lads who care and are prepared to do something about the problems we’ve had.”
Agar admits that two heavy defeats in succession has been difficult for his side to take, but insists his side’s attitude and approach to the game is vital for Friday night, citing that as the biggest factor which needs to improve.
“It’s been difficult for us, because every now and again we have a performance like that in us, as every team does. We know we’d have some tough days, but to have two on the trot has been difficult for us.
“It’s important we got our blokes understanding what is important, and that our actions will count for a lot on Friday. Getting the boys positive and in a position where they believe we can go out and beat Leeds is what is massive.”
Agar also confirmed Luke Briscoe will play for the Wildcats tomorrow, after he returned on a loan deal from parent club Leeds Rhinos.
“We’ve got a number of people out, and we’ve got some holes in our three-quarter line, including Reece Lyne and Dean Collis, so we’re going to ask Luke to fill a hole there.”