Wildcats boss gives credit to Castleford

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WAKEFIELD Wildcats coach Richard Agar (pictured) praised Castleford's defence after the Tigers won Friday's Super League derby at Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

"I have to give credit to Castleford. Their defence was very good," he said.

"Our execution, in attack and in defence, didn't match what we have been trying out on the training field.

"I'm obviously disappointed that we lost a derby match to our nearest rivals. It was an improved effort individually, but we struggled too often to get out of our own half.

"Some individuals showed an improvement on the display at London, but injuries are costing us.

"I don't think we've gone through a game yet in which we've not lost an 'edge' player.

"Today we lost Ali Lauitiiti with hamstring trouble, and that was after Danny Kirmond had pulled up in training with his calf.

"We were already without Dean Collis and, without making excuses, those are players we are forced to miss.

"Richie Mathers also had to come off. There's been a bit of a bug going around the place this week, but Richie stuck his hand up and said he'd play. He's not in a good state right now, he's very dehydrated.

"We might have a couple missing at Wigan on Monday but we do have blokes waiting for an opportunity."