Smith: Briers return fantastic news
(photo courtesy of swpix)
Head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith is pleased to see Lee Briers making his playing return for partner club Swinton Lions tomorrow night when they face Whitehaven at Leigh Sports Village.
"Anybody will tell you that they are rusty whenever they come back. For Lee to get a game, and play, is fantastic. They (Swinton) are our partnership club, but they are not just our second team, we are also able to bring our players back through and that was the whole idea. I think it's good for Swinton - for the Swinton players to play with someone like Lee - and it will be great for their opponents to play against him as well. It's great coverage for the Championship too who don't often get a lot and it will bring some attention to the game. It's positive all round. Hopefully Lee can find some form so as to put his name back in the hat for selection for the first team."
Lee is not the only player progressing well following a spell on the sidelines.
"We're not far off a few. (As said) We've got Lee Briers back which is fantastic making his return for Swinton tomorrow and we've also got Rhys Evans, Adrian Morley and Chris Bridge likely to be fit for the following week. We are pleased with that. We've got a few bumps and bruises from the match at the weekend and a few who have found training as bit tough early on in the week but we're not in too bad a shape for this time of year. We've found it necessary for a few players to go out on loan but we've also got a lot of depth within our squad."
Last time out the Wolves faced Bradford on home soil and Tony believes the team are continuing to head in the right direction.
"Our plan is to always keep on improving and at the moment I think we are doing that. Certain aspects of our game can still improve without doubt but we are on the right sort of track. Defensively we were very sound (at the weekend), made some terrific tries and created some great opportunities but were just a bit sloppy in some areas; I think the weather conditions contributed to that in the second half of the game, it was very wet and cold again and had an affect on the match. However, I feel we handled most of the conditions reasonably well."
This weekend sees the team on the road against second placed Huddersfield. A win would continue to put pressure on the two teams at the top but Tony is focussing more on simply putting in a strong performance.
"We will need to play well. They are a good team who have found some reasonable form. I think they are still looking to improve as most teams are at the moment; in some performances while teams might have had victories their coaches are still looking for improvement all the time. They (Huddersfield) are a bit in the same boat as us. They've got some good players across the park; some good outside backs, good halfbacks and a strong set of forwards but so have we. It should be a good game. Both teams like to throw the ball around and chance their arm to some degree; both with some pretty good defence when they are firing. It should be the makings of a good competitive game."
Match tickets for Sunday's game are on sale in WolfWare, at WolfWare Online and on 08448 11 11 76 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
Support Lee Briers and the Wolves' partner club Swinton Lions tomorrow night when they face Whitehaven. Tickets are on sale in WolfWare, WolfWare Online (until midnight tonight, Wed) and on 08448 11 11 76. Show your support and adopt our Championship club.
01, May, 2013