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Wakefield head coach Richard Agar refused to get carried away despite watching his side inflict a crushing 56-14 defeat on Catalan Dragons at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
A Taulima Tautai-inspired performance saw the Wildcats wrap up the points before half-time. The Samoan forward scored his side's first two tries and had a big hand in the third as Wakefield went into the break 32-0 ahead.
The hosts crossed four more times after the break to complete a resounding victory, their first of the First Utility Super League season following three straight defeats.
The emphatic nature of the win could begin talk of the play-offs among the club's supporters but Agar is well aware tougher challenges lie ahead.
"People were building this as a four-pointer but I wasn't getting too upset about the defeats and I'm not getting too carried away on this win either," said Agar, who is also in charge of the France national team.
"It's how you perform over 27 rounds. Let's say we got a win next week (against London), you're in the play-off positions but it's stupid to talk either way at this moment in time.
"People need to be looking at it a bit further down the track."
Jarrod Sammut kicked 20 points to enjoy a perfect afternoon with the boot, the kind of form which Agar knows could be crucial at the business end of the campaign.
"I think you never underestimate (the value of a good goal-kicker)," Agar added. "I think Leeds have seen it all these years with Kevin Sinfield.
"Your ability to turn four points into six has a huge impact on the game."
Catalan head coach Laurent Frayssinous admitted he was too embarrassed to face his players after a fourth successive loss.
The Dragons were heavily depleted by injuries and suspensions but were still able to field a competitive team, one Frayssinous was unable to defend post-match.
He said: "I'm very worried. That's four games, four defeats. But the most worrying aspect is defensively we've played like a team in the French competition.
"I am very embarrassed for the club. The club, the board members put a lot of effort in and they don't deserve where we are at the moment.
"It's up to us as staff to take that (the latest defeat) on the chin and stand up."
Things are unlikely to get any easier for Catalans in the coming weeks, with matches against St Helens, Huddersfield and Wigan on the horizon.
"It will be hard," Frayssinous added. "We'll have some guys back in the next two or three weeks but at the moment it's not them who are missing tackles on the pitch."
Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalan Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
|St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Catalan Dragons 28 - 6 Castleford|
|London Broncos 36 - 46 Bradford|
|Friday 12th September|
|Salford 36 - 6 Widnes|
|Huddersfield 17 - 16 St Helens|
|Hull 24 - 19 Leeds|
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