Poching: Be on our guard
University of Chester student Daniel Fearnley caught up with Wolves' first-team coach Willie Poching to reflect on last weekend's magic win and ahead to what Willie believes will be a big test against Salford this Sunday.
"It's a game that's going to test us. They are throwing the ball around a little bit and chancing their arm in a few areas. They are playing the field position game really well, so we will need to be on our guard but defensively they have really muscled up too and our guys will have to be on guard to try and test them in different ways than what we've tried before. They are really confident in how they are doing things but we need to be ready for everything they throw at us."
The Wolves defeated local rivals St Helens at last week's Magic Weekend and this week's opponents Salford also took away a north-west derby victory over Widnes.
"We've had a look at them (Salford) and they are a different team to the one we faced down here a couple of weeks ago. They are doing things differently, both individually and as a group, we have to be aware of some of the stuff they did at the weekend because it was a good performance by them against Widnes. It was a dogged hard fought win. They showed a lot of character to bring that game home and get the win. They'll come here buoyed by that and really confident on the back of it, not only by the win but also some of the stuff they are trying to do on the field. We are also looking forward to coming home to the Halliwell Jones and playing in front of our home fans."
Looking back at last weekend and the Magic Weekend concept Willie said: "I thought it was a good weekend. The Etihad stadium is a great venue to hold it; it's central to the Rugby League heartland and I think the chorus of all the crowds and seeing the fans all mix and mingle was great, you had all the supporters sitting amongst each other. It was a great pitch, it tested a lot of the catches of kicks. It allowed the game to be played on top of the surface, the ball ran quickly, the players looked fast, it looked like a faster game and the end product in every game was a lot better."
And on the team's performance against St Helens: "We were very pleased, pleased with the performance and the result. It's always nice to get two points against St Helens but it was nice to back up from the result the week before too. The performance against Hull FC was very good but it's nice to get back to winning ways, to do it at the Magic Weekend was great and the guys did a really good job. They enjoyed themselves - I think you saw that not only by seeing Adrian scoring but by the way they reacted and some of the emotions that they showed. They had a really good time there on Saturday afternoon."
Adrian Morley returned to the fray last weekend and Willie updates us on how the remaining injury situation is looking.
"There's a couple of long term ones that are still on the patient list, Brett Hodgson is still a couple of weeks away as is Chris Bridge and Ben Harrison. Rhys Evans is starting to do a bit of training, he's started to integrate himself into the full squad and do a little bit but we've just got to wean him in. But there's one or two with bumps and bruises that comes with the time of season as well."
With Samoan Independence Day approaching on Saturday, 1 June, Willie gives his thoughts ahead of the RLWC2013 clash between Samoa and New Zealand at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on 27 October.
"From the war dances and the Hakas to kick-off, there will be fireworks. There are a lot of ex-Kiwis in the Samoa side and there will be a lot of Samoan lads playing for the Kiwis - they will be passionate and there will be some big hitters. I think there will be no love lost, let's put it that way. Last time these two teams played it was pretty one sided and I know the Samoan boys will want to get one back. It will be a different climate and surface over here to what all those players will be used to but it will be a cracker of a game and I know a lot of the Warrington fans are talking about it and looking forward to coming down and supporting the Rugby League World Cup and hopefully it will be a great one to watch. I'm sure it will be."
Match tickets for Sunday's game are on sale in WolfWare, WolfWare Online and on the ticket hotline 08448 11 11 76 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
30, May, 2013