Smith: Commitment to one another
Warrington Wolves travelled to the John Smith's Stadium yesterday to face the Huddersfield Giants who have been riding high in the first half of the season. The Wolves secured a 34-12 victory to edge to within one point of second spot.
Wolves' head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said on yesterday's performance: "It was a very good performance, our best so far this year. Especially in defence I think; we've had some lesser scores against us but I thought the commitment to our defensive line was outstanding. That commitment to one another has been building for some time now and I thought it was getting up to the standards that we've been looking for from ourselves and we'll be able to improve on that too. I feel like we have been progressing and we want to keep on improving. Huddersfield asked a lot of questions of us but I thought we answered them pretty well.
"Aside from Brough kicking a 40/20 and them scoring two plays later I thought we were very clinical in the whole first half. I don't think they broke us. We were pretty solid right across the board and executed some nice plays ourselves. We knew it was going to be a tough test for us today but we came through it pretty well."
And on the boys new to the top-flight in their second Super League performances.
"We've got people coming in - slotting into the way we play and the defensive efforts that we are looking for - I thought Glenn Riley and Danny Bridge were terrific today. Those two young blokes haven't had much Super League experience but they stepped up."
Fullback Brett Hodgson has now surpassed 1000 points in his Super League career which is a fantastic milestone.
"It's a great achievement. I thought he was very good there today. In one of his efforts he turned back the clock and actually looked fast there for a while (laughs). It was probably his freshness at the back, not having to do so many tackles. The front line did a terrific job in that respect and it gave him a chance to put some real quality into our play; still shows what his worth is and he's been improving in recent times. He's in good form.
"I think we are all finding some form which is pleasing. A lot of that is down to the quality of work we are able to do on the training park; the quality work has just gone through the roof and that's coming out on the playing field."
Next Up: Tetley's Challenge Cup action at The Halliwell Jones Stadium v Salford City Reds, Sunday 12th May, 3pm.
Tickets for Sunday's game, kick-off 3pm, are on sale in WolfWare, at WolfWare Online and on the ticket hotline 08448 11 11 76 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). Please note: WolfWare is closed today, Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, reopening tomorrow at 9am
06, May, 2013