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Agar hails playmaker Smith
Scum-half gave masterclass, says Wildcats boss after thumping win
I was very pleased. We have had three good weeks and to back up after Monday's performance against Leeds was terrific. I thought right from the word go we were very strong and very dominant.
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Wakefield coach Richard Agar praised Australian scrum-half Tim Smith after the Wildcats' continued their impressive run of form by trouncing derby rivals Castleford 40-12 on Sunday.
The classy Smith scored a try and set up all but one of his side's other six tries as the Wildcats coasted to their third successive win in the Stobart Super League.
Agar said afterwards: "I though Tim was very dominant and very strong. He pulls the strings for us.
"Everyone else has learned very quickly how to play off him. He's in very good form. Scrum-halves are at a premium and really hard to find.
"Perhaps in some people's eyes we took a punt on him but I thought he was a masterclass at times today. He looked every inch the quality player he is."
Agar was delighted with the way his side backed up their 38-18 home win over Leeds six days earlier.
He continued: "I was very pleased. We have had three good weeks and to back up after Monday's performance against Leeds was terrific.
"I thought right from the word go we were very strong and very dominant.
"We were 16-0 up at half-time and had been held up at the line three times and we came out for the second-half and posted two early tries.
"Our defensive display was very good until the last 15 to 20 minutes when we got a bit sloppy but I would also credit Castleford because, particularly with Jamie Ellis on the field, they threw a lot at us.
"But overall I am very happy with the way the team is performing. They are playing very confidently and I think we've shown over the last three weeks we've really got some quality football in us."
Wakefield's on-loan full-back Richard Mathers scored two tries on his 200th first grade appearance against his parent club,
Agar added: "Without delving into the details of it, I think Ritchie was very happy at Cas but for whatever reason it did not work out for him. He's been very good for us."
Castleford coach Ian Millward refused to blame the absence of key players for his side's fifth defeat in six matches.
"I thought Wakefield were very good. They were by far the better team," he said.
"They outmuscled us and were more physical than us and showed better execution. All their 17 players outdid our 17 players.
"The fact we had eight or nine players out was no reason why we can't control the ruck or drop the ball or give away penalties and things like that. That's a given thing in professional rugby league.
"I could talk about the amount of people we had out and things like that but it wouldn't give respect to Wakefield and it would also be a soft cushion for people who physically weren't up to the challenge today.
"I would like see us a little more hard-nosed in our approach. We had to be very consistent in attack and defence to compete in this game with the people we had out.
"But we weren't consistent from a skill point of view, from a team point or view or a physical point of view.
"I know the problem and I get paid as a coach to find the problem but some things you speak to your family about you like to keep private and with my family here I like to keep that private."
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First Utility Super League Table
|8||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
|11||Hull K R||2||0|
|First Utility Super League|
|Friday 27th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Castleford Tigers|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:00||Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves|
|19:30||Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC|
|Sunday 1st March|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Wigan Warriors|
|15:00||Widnes Vikings vs Wakefield Wildcats|
|Thursday 5th March|
|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
|Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes|
|Wigan 24 - 16 Huddersfield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|Salford 6 - 52 St Helens|
|Sunday 8th February|
|Castleford 22 - 24 Wakefield|
|Huddersfield 0 - 19 Hull|
|Hull K R 30 - 40 Leeds|
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