Smith: Bright start
Wolves head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith reflects on yesterday's win over Bradford Bulls as the Wolves returned to home soil after a four-week spell away from The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
"Bradford are a hardworking team so they weren't going to give us any free passages by any means; that's how they've got to where they are in the competition so far. As a team we felt if we were patient enough and kept going and didn't panic about the score line, conditions or the amount of defence we had to do in the end we'd be okay. We were quite pleased with ourselves at half time. We'd had a really bright start to the game but then had a period of time when we had to just defend, defend and defend again - that takes its toll and sometimes you have to just remain patient. The weather changed then as well which probably wasn't in our favour; we prefer the dry weather and the faster ground, but to handle those conditions and do it the way that we did particularly against another top eight team, showed a bit more of our grittiness that we've had in the past and we've been working on that aspect of our game. Pretty pleasing.
"There were some really excellent plays within the game from our team but they've also got some dangerous people who put on some really exciting play as well...The interchange of passing I thought was terrific at times but the weather probably prohibited a few more of those sort of opportunities.
"We had a lot of effort out there...There's areas to improve but we feel we are on the right track in terms of improving and history has shown for us that we usually do around this time of year. The last two years after round 12 we'd been sitting in fourth and finished one of those seasons on top and the next season one point behind; it shows that it's what you do from hereon in that really counts. If we are able to build some momentum and some of those more consistent performances on the back of that we'll be pleased with ourselves."
Four players who have come through the Warrington ranks also made their Super League debuts at the weekend which was a fantastic achievement for both the players and the club.
Tony said: "We had four debutants over the weekend; two at our place, one at Bradford in Ben Evans and yesterday James Mendeika (at London) which is pretty good going and good for our club too to produce so many young players coming through. We are very proud of that and I am pleased for each of those players."
Next up for the Wolves is a trip to Huddersfield on Sunday 5th May, kick-off 3pm. Tickets are on sale in WolfWare, at WolfWare Online and on 08448 11 11 76 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
Club coach travel is priced at £11.50 junior and £13.50 adult, available in WolfWare and Online.
29, Apr, 2013