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Agar ‘not surprised’ with victory after pointing to Wigan’s blunt attack

Leeds Rhinos head coach Richard Agar was understandably happy with his side’s 8-0 play-off win at Wigan Warriors tonight.

The scores were 0-0 at the break, but Leeds managed to overcome a tough defensive side to book their place in the semi-finals next weekend.

“It was a tough brutal game where points were hard to come by,” Agar said.

“The conditions were difficult; it was a really greasy and slippy pitch.

“They completed at 90% in the first-half but we felt comfortable with what they were throwing at us.

“We needed to wear their middles out and when we coughed up some of that ball we were unable to mount any serious pressure, but we had better momentum in the second-half and spent more time down at Wigan’s end.”

Agar revealed that he wasn’t surprised that the Rhinos had made it into the semi-finals through all his side’s adversity.

“It’s important to stress with the season we have had, understandably there have been questions and criticism levelled at us.

“It’s been so difficult swapping and changing this team through COVID shutdowns and injuries and suspensions, and the fixture congestion has led to poor performances.

“I’ve always said to the guys get to the end of the season and we will be alright, so I’m not surprised we’re in the penultimate game.

“Pundits wouldn’t look at us and say we’re a Grand Final team, but performances have shown that we can trouble all sides in the competition and we know anything can happen in a top six play-off.”

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