Smith: Looking forward to it
Tony Smith's side will go into Sunday's Tetley's Challenge Cup semi final off the back a strong Super League performance last time out.
"Overall I think over the 80 minutes we were quite pleased. For the first forty we just weren't quite at our best but our goal-line defence kept us in the game at that stage. I thought Hull KR really threw a fair bit at us and we coped reasonably well. In the second half we picked up the tempo of the game and took a bit more control and the scoreboard probably showed that."
And on the depth of squad he has to choose from for this Sunday. He added: "They are great headaches; these are the ones you want as a coach. There were some players who didn't play last weekend; had they played they probably wouldn't be available for selection this week. Fortunately the week off gave them a chance to get over some knocks and bumps and bruises. We are fortunate we've got a fair few to choose from; Ryan Atkins isn't available, Richie Myler is fighting hard to make himself available but I think the game may come a bit too soon for him, aside from that we are not too bad."
Tony has coached the side to three Challenge Cup final victories over the last four years but experience will only play a small part on Sunday as the Wolves look to book their place in the final once again.
"I think experience helps in some respects; it helps you cope with any situation you are in and we've had both good and bad in the last few years so we understand what it's like to be successful at these late stages in the competition but also what it's like not to which I think is a great motivator. Both are good reasons to perform well; I don't think the fact that we've got a lot of experience will be enough to get us over the line, it may help you cope with certain situations and help motivate to some degree but it certainly comes down to what you do on the day and the decisions you make. Hopefully we can be good at that on Sunday."
Hull FC will provide tough opposition for his side come Sunday evening.
"They're the last team to defeat us on this ground (Halliwell Jones) and it was a terrific game of Rugby League. They are a capable team and we've got a healthy respect for them. They've got some terrific outside backs, big strong young men who can score tries, a good half-back combination and a tough pack of forwards. They are very, very good opposition for this week, a good challenge for us but hopefully, if we can play the way we like to play and to the degree we like to play at, we'll make a good match of it."
There is certainly a different feel around the town and club in a Cup week especially in these latter stages and Tony has every confidence that our fans will once again represent the club in a responsible manner when showing their support on Sunday.
"I think the people of Warrington have got a great affinity with their team and the Challenge Cup. I think because we have had some successes in the last few years they've really got behind us, have fond memories and want to be part of those again. They are terrific and really help us atmosphere-wise and I think will be terrific again this week over at the John Smith's Stadium in Huddersfield. I think we'll have a lot of people travel over and get behind us and that will make a difference for us. We are looking forward to it."
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25, Jul, 2013