Richard Agar hails Leeds Rhinos desire after gold point win over Wakefield Trinity | Rugby League News




“The good thing is that defensively we did pretty well most of the night. We shot each other in the foot a few times with penalties and silly, crazy mistakes.”

Last updated: 05/14/21 23:54 pm

Luke Gale of Leeds celebrates with Matt Prior after victory

Leeds coach Richard Agar praised his players’ desire after completing the brace against Wakefield with a 15-13 gold point victory.

A drop goal from scrum-half Trinity Mason Lino two minutes from the end of normal time locked the scores at 13-13 and Leeds second rower Rhyse Martin won it with a penalty in the first overtime period.

Agar, who was without 12 players due to injury or suspension, felt a sense of relief as his side ended a five-game losing streak without being far from their best.

“I thought there were elements of insanity,” he said. “There have been too many mistakes and brain explosions.

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Leeds head coach Richard Agar hopes his side can now gain momentum after overtime win over Wakefield

Leeds head coach Richard Agar hopes his side can now gain momentum after overtime win over Wakefield

“Whenever we felt we had the opportunity to get away from them, we did something ridiculous.

“The good thing is that on the defense we looked pretty good for most of the night. We shot each other in the foot a few times with stupid, crazy penalties and mistakes.

“But I always felt we had a strong desire to win the game.

“We still have quite a few kids out there and I thought Morgan Gannon, for a 17-year-old in his third game in first grade was a shining light for us. And Jarrod’s (O’Connor) second stint was much better. “

Wakefield's Jay Pitts discouraged after loss

Wakefield’s Jay Pitts discouraged after loss

The crucial moment came in the third minute of extra time when Wakefield forward Jay Pitts was stopped for stealing a ball and Martin stepped up to kick the penalty kick.

Agar said: “I think it was a penalty – he tackled it when he’s on the ground – but what this rule brings to the sport is questionable, it’s really complicated.

“I think we were in a good position to get a goal anyway.”

Trinity coach Chris Chester, who is still chasing his first win of the season, said of the penalty decision: “I thought it was difficult.

“We got a lot of messages saying it was the wrong call, but I have to listen to the audio, not sure if it was held up.”

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Wakefield head coach Chris Chester said he couldn’t be more proud of his team after their overtime loss to Leeds.

Wakefield head coach Chris Chester said he couldn’t be more proud of his team after their overtime loss to Leeds.

Wakefield was also under force and lost hooker Jordy Crowther to a foot injury after 10 minutes and support Dave Fifita before half-time with a cracked rib.

Chester added: “I am proud of their efforts. I told them to keep their heads up.

“We’re short of key staff and a little bit of quality, but these guys are doing their best. They spill their blood in the water and I think our luck will change shortly.

“Our defense was fantastic, but we did too much.”







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