Smith: Great Spectacle
Warrington Wolves will return to Super League action this weekend when they travel to Langtree Park tomorrow night. Head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith reflects on the team's week away from fixtures and ahead to the local derby.
"We'd have preferred to have been playing last weekend but it will have done us good to have had a weekend off and freshen up in some respects; although we did have our little break straight after the Widnes game and have then come back in and worked really hard. We are looking forward to this week's game against Saints first and foremost but we are also looking forward to the back end of this year and really attacking it in as positive a way as we can."
Last time out saw the side defeated by rivals Widnes Vikings which will go down as a lesson learned.
"Lots of valuable lessons were learnt from that game. They were tough lessons to learn with the conditions and tactically how to handle them; we are not going to be playing in too dissimilar sorts of conditions over the next little while so it will do us good to learn from that game. We would have liked to have learned them in a different way and performed a bit better but that happens in sport, we accept that and put our hands up. It will certainly spur us on."
Tony has the majority of the squad available for selection going into the final games of the regular season ahead of the play-offs.
"We are pretty good this week; only three not available for selection. Brett Hodgson, who is still suffering a bit from the Widnes game; Ryan Atkins is probably a week off, I'm pretty sure he'll be back available for the Catalan game if everything keeps going well; and Richie Myler, who will be out for a little while yet. They are the only three, the rest are all fit and healthy and available to us."
He is expecting a classic Warrington versus St Helens match tomorrow night.
"They are usually great spectacles and hopefully a great advertisement for our game...It is important that we promote our sport in the best way possible and hopefully that will be the case on Friday. It's a good atmosphere at their ground and fortunately our record there isn't too bad.
"They (St Helens) are playing solid at the moment and they've got some of their better players returning from injury too. They are a good team that is going to get better over the next while and hopefully it'll be the same for us."
St Helens v Warrington Wolves, Friday 30th August, 8pm, Langtree Park
St Helens u19s v Warrington Wolves u19s, Friday 30th August, 5.45pm, Langtree Park
Match tickets are on sale in WolfWare, WolfWare Online and on 08448 11 11 76 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
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29, Aug, 2013