Agar targets back-to-back wins
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have a chance to take the heat off themselves when they go to London Broncos tomorrow, says coach Richard Agar.
The Wildcats and Broncos were the teams most widely tipped for relegation from the First Utility Super League after being forced to undergo major team re-building during a turbulent off season.
While the Londoners still await their first points, Agar's men got off the mark at the fourth attempt with a 56-14 rout of a dispirited Catalan Dragons team last Sunday and victory at The Hive would lift them into the top eight.
"I'm getting these questions every single week," Agar said. "All we can do is to keep trying to improve our performances and chalk up some more wins. Then maybe these questions will get aimed in other directions.
"We've come off the back of a good win but we think we'll get a tougher challenge this week. I think we're going to come up against a more committed and spirited side."
The Broncos have already blooded 14 new faces so far and they will give a debut to Australian forward Atelea Vea after he arrived in the capital yesterday.
Coach Tony Rea believes his new-look team are starting to gel and was particularly delighted with their performance against Warrington Wolves last Sunday when they led 16-6 before eventually being overpowered in the second half.
"We're really looking forward to it," Rea said. "There's a lot of hype around it and there's going to be a lot of energy in the game.
"We're growing and developing strongly as a team. Wakefield had their first good result last week so it looks like being a really good game."
Like Rea, Agar was still assembling his side when the season kicked off but the recent arrival from Bradford Bulls of Jarrod Sammut and Nick Scruton provided a timely boost and their latest recruit, Harry Seijka, travelled with the squad down to London today, although he is likely to have to wait another week to make his debut.
"We're taking him down with us but it's unlikely he'll be in the the 17," Agar said. "The guys played particularly well at the weekend and we need Harry to get used to what we're doing here.
"We've got more players on the training park which is reflected in the quality of practice improving.
"Everybody is getting to know each other a little bit better and the boys are genuinely excited by what team we can become."
Agar knows the Londoners, too, are an improving side and believes they will also derive an advantage from playing on a small pitch at Barnet.
"We've had a look at all of London's games and we've seen parts of their play getting better every week," Agar added.
"They've got a lot of young guys looking for an opportunity, wanting to prove a point, and they're full of enthusiasm.
"They've had a change of assistant coach which has probably had an impact on their style of play and it's a very small pitch, which we've tried to factor in this week.
"We've been training at QEGS (Queen Elizabeth Grammar School) on their main field, where the dimensions are almost identical to ones we'll playing on at weekend. It's made a slight difference to how we approach the game. It's a bit of the unknown.
"A lot of it will be down to attitude. London were better than Warrington in that department for the first 30 minutes and that's why they were deservedly 16-6 up."