Wakefield Wildcats: Agar calls on players to put their bodies on the line on derby day

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats boss Richard Agar has called on his men to put their body on the line in Sunday’s derby clash against Castleford Tigers (kick-off 3.30pm).

The match is Wildcats’ last of the season and they will look to put the club’s off-the-pitch problems to one side for 80 minutes and finish the year on a high by securing local bragging rights.

DERBY DAY: Richard Agar.

DERBY DAY: Richard Agar.

The result will also decide who finishes highest out of the two clubs in Super League this season and Agar says he needs his men to give their all if they are to come out on top.

“Effort and commitment are very important this week,” he said.

“Being able to play with a lot of energy and a lot of tempo. In a tough situation the other night [against Huddersfield] we had seven or eight people really trying to manufacture that desire within the team but at the same time I was very disappointed with some efforts.

“I’m going to pick players this week that I know will put in maximum effort and players that are prepared to put their body on the line defensively in the tackle because I thought that was lacking from some areas of our game on Sunday and we’ve got some people ready to hide behind some fairly easy excuses.”

Wildcats will be without Taulima Tautai, who has suffered a broken hand, while Danny Cowling has also been slapped with a two-match ban by the Rugby Football League for an incident while playing for Doncaster.

Kyle Amor will return to Agar’s 19-man squad, however, after receiving good news on a hand injury that ruled him out of the 40-0 defeat against Giants last weekend.

“The surgeon is confident it’s a hairline fracture in his hand and he can’t do too much damage,” said Agar. “It’s a slight risk playing him but he’s up for playing.”

Click on the video to hear Agar’s thoughts ahead of Sunday’s game.