Agar salutes half-back pair

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Richard Agar was pleased as Hull KR left it late again

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Richard Agar was pleased as Hull KR left it late again

Wakefield coach Richard Agar praised his side's half-backs and their kicking game after their 31-30 win at Hull KR.

Paul Sykes kicked the match-winning drop goal in the final minute for the second week running, but it was his partnership with the impressive Tim Smith that helped the Wildcats to their fifth successive win.

"I knew we would always get a chance but we didn't want Hull KR getting a chance either," former Hull FC coach Agar said of Sykes' winning drop goal. "We got a penalty when we needed it most but it was a penalty, no qualms about it. When we got an opportunity I thought we'd have a chance."

He added: "We looked threatening in the second half every time we got down their end. When we shifted the ball wide we looked good. We have a couple of really smart half-backs.

"Our kicking game in the first half was woeful and that invited Rovers into the game. The half-backs got control of the game in the second half and Kyle Wood's input and variation really helped us."

Despite claiming the points, Agar was critical of referee Richard Silverwood, claiming a number of decisions cost his side possession and territory.

"The trip on Kyle Amor should have been punished, Ben Galea drops the ball and is allowed to play on and Ben Cockayne is penalised with the ball in his hand for absolutely nothing," he said.

"I don't want to be another coach that criticises the referee but I was hugely disappointed in the manner the game was refereed.

"I've not seen rucks like that all season and the tempo was so slow and it made things tough for both teams.

"We struggled to get around in the first half and we were lucky to be in the game at half-time."

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