Richard Agar says Danny Kirmond has responded well to being made Wakefield skipper
Last Updated: 23/06/13 9:49pm
Kirmond: Impressed again for Wakefield
Wakefield coach Richard Agar was delighted with Danny Kirmond after the skipper scored a hat-trick in a 46-14 victory over London Broncos.
Kirmond went over twice in the first half and then added a third on the 66-minute mark, after London had given themselves a slim chance by scoring 14 unanswered points to trim their deficit to 16.
Agar said: "Danny is in great form. Even though the intensity slipped away from our game for a bit, it didn't slip away from his.
"He's been in great form and, as I've said before, he has really responded well to the captaincy."
Agar was satisfied with the overall performance, although he noted that his side's performance level slipped somewhat after they had raced into a 30-0 lead.
"It's definitely a case of job done," he said. "The first-half performance set up the win nicely.
"Undoubtedly the intensity dropped out of our game for a 20-minute period in the second half.
"We regained that intensity towards those latter stages and we came on strong late on, which was pleasing.
"There are a couple of guys in there who believe they lost their way a bit during the game, which puts a little bit of a dampener on it.
"We set off well in the first half and we made some good inroads. Some of the tries were fairly simple close-range efforts but the build-up was great."
First period was difficult
The Broncos fielded an under-strength side in which nine London-based players were selected and head coach Tony Rea thought they were entitled to look for positives.
"You have got to put this game in perspective for the guys that are out there," he said.
"The first period was difficult, because they were trying to find themselves as a team.
"At the end of the day we started without our first-choice halves, front-rowers and back-rowers. That's a fair bit for a young side to go without, and Wakefield were simple and clever with the way they played.
"Once we found some rhythm as a team, I thought the guys really stood up for each other and worked their way through the game OK.
"We spoke at half-time about being more physical and working as a team. The shape was OK but we just had to step up on the physical aspects of our game.
"I think the number of London kids in there was outstanding and it really gave it a buzz."