Eight is enough

Who will claim the final play-off spot?

Last Updated: 05/09/12 7:02pm

Potter: stranger things have happened

Agar: fate is in Wakefield's hands

Agar: fate is in Wakefield's hands

Boots 'n' All caught up with Wakefield's Richard Agar and Bradford's Mick Potter as they battle it out for the final play-off spot.

"Maybe the boys were a little bit nervy, we have been the underdogs for so long but all of a sudden the pressure was on for us to get into the top eight, and perhaps we did not handle it as well as we could have done. It gives us the opportunity to address it this week."

Richard Agar

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A season's work comes down to the last eighty minutes on Saturday for Wakefield and Bradford, itt could not be closer.

Wakefield have racked up an impressive six consecutive wins - their first in Super League - and know that their fate is in their hands as they travel to Salford on Saturday.

"It all comes down to the last game and if we can take care of that then we know we will make the eighth spot," said Wakefield coach Richard Agar on Boots 'n' All.

"The ball is very much in our court. I am sure we will be listening into the Bradford v Catalans score, but in all honestly if we can take care of our own performance then we know that it will be enough."

Nervy Wildcats

Wakefield moved above Bradford into the final play-off berth in the Stobart Super League table with a scrappy 22-18 win over Widnes and there has been some speculation over there performance where they were not as dominant as they have been in previous weeks.

"We have had a chat about it and we think it has come at a good time for us," explained Agar.

"We are a team that if we don't perform at our best we cannot really pick wins up - we know that we have to be at a certain level to make sure we are in with a shout. We underperformed against Widnes but we still go the points so it gives us the opportunity to look at why that happened and what we didn't do.

"Maybe the boys were a little bit nervy, we have been the underdogs for so long but all of a sudden the pressure was on for us to get into the top eight, and perhaps we did not handle it as well as we could have done. It gives us the opportunity to address it this week.

"We are not getting ahead of ourselves but it would be a great reward for everyone involved in the club if we make the play-offs, including Andrew Glover who took the club on with no strings attached last year. They have had to obviously work through a lot of things off the field but we have built up a good crowd - our fans have been terrific this year."

Out of their hands

The Bulls, who have kept their play-off challenge alive despite being in administration since June and being docked six points, must travel to Catalans and win and rely on Wakefield slipping in their final game.

"This is not a trip you want right at the end of the season when a lot hinges on it ," said Bulls coach Mick Potter.

"I would much rather be playing the Catalans at Odsal, but stranger things have happened. We need to do our best, try and come away with a win and then see what the result is from Wakefield."

Bradford must also recover from their demoralising 6-70 loss to Hull last weekend, but potter is confident his side can do that.

"The first ten minute period we were looking really good until Ben Jeffries got sent to the sinbin. Hull scored a couple of tries and we did not execute well our try scoring opportunities. Hull played very well and we started not to believe in each other and worked against one another and probably too much individually, we will sort that out for this weekend."