Jackson Hastings made 'a big difference', says Leeds Rhinos boss Richard Agar

Leeds coach Richard Agar was full of praise for Jackson Hastings after the halfback's role in Wigan's 19-6 win at Headingley.

Jackson Hastings
Jackson Hastings

Liam Farrell scored two tries and Zak Hardaker took the Sky Sports man of the match, but Hastings was undoubtedly a key figure as the Warriors maintained their unbeaten start to the year.

And Rhinos boss Agar said: "I think (Hastings) is a wonderful player, tonight he was a big difference between the teams.

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"He's the guy who probes around and looks like he has so much time on the ball. He's got such a good feel for the game, he moves his team about, but when it's time to involve himself he has that feel on when to do that. He came up with the defining plays."

Agar, missing several frontline players, was proud of his side's effort but still felt they could have troubled the Warriors with sharper execution.

"I can't question the effort and commitment, that was top drawer again," he said. "(But) we have to have a better standard. As a team, we're lacking a consistent experienced spine and we're lacking a cutting edge.

"We had to fire a few more shots at them. Wigan are a very good tryline defensive team."

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Agar also suggested wingers Tom and Luke Briscoe aren't getting the six-again calls they deserve because "referees think they milk it".

"They are winning the battles and they're not getting their due rewards," he said. "It was no bearing on the result, but I've seen that for 18 months."