Smith: Lot to play for
As Wolves' head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith prepares his team for the Easter period we catch up with him to preview the games ahead.
The Wolves will go into the weekend on the back of a hard-fought win over Huddersfield last Friday night.
"It was fantastic from all involved - people both on-field and off-field. I thought it was a big effort for the fans to turn up in the numbers that they did. It was tough work sitting in the stands. The players deserve a whole lot too and so do the officials because they were atrocious conditions. Our team put out a decent performance - a very good defensive performance and some good attack too as well as some understandable mistakes. It was a pretty good effort all round."
With the return to what feels like winter rugby all teams are being tested both on the playing field and training field.
"We've had snow flurries again today (Wednesday) and that's often how our training preparation has been for games. It's not ideal but it is what it is. It's pretty much the same for every team in Super League at the moment. It's not classic Rugby League weather but we've made a better fist of it in the last couple of weeks. We've been working hard on some areas and our defence has been terrific. We've only conceded one try in two matches and that was an intercept so we've had some promising performances."
The return of Trent Waterhouse and Ben Harrison to the squad has seen a big improvement in the injury situation.
"Trent was good and solid, getting some game-time under his belt. Ben Harrison was very close but we didn't put him out there somewhat to do with conditions but he'll be alright for this week, back out in the action. We've only got two down at the moment in Lee Briers and Adrian Morley so we are in pretty good shape going into this busy."
On the busy Easter schedule and the upcoming ties with local rivals Widnes and the team from the capital Tony added: "We've had a pretty good recovery from Friday to Friday in our scheduling. The big one is obviously Friday to Monday but then we've got a good recovery before we play Leeds on the Sunday. We're not too bad and have plenty of troops to rely on. We'll take care of our players as best we can to get through this period.
"We've had many spirited performances by both teams against each other. We've got a pretty decent record against Widnes in these games in recent times but they are getting better and stronger each year. I think the derby will get stronger as time goes on. They are probably smarting a little bit at the moment and will be pretty driven to put in a good performance on their own ground in front of their fans. I think they will be very motivated. We've gained a bit of consistency in our last couple of performances and we want to build on that so there is a lot to play for. The rivalry between the two teams and sets of fans will create a great atmosphere. Both sets of fans will get behind their team.
"London have gone through changes themselves - changes in personnel - and it takes a bit of time to gel together. I think consistency in performances has been difficult for all teams this year and for different reasons but they are finding some form so it will be a tricky one for us on Monday. They've had some good results so we'll see how we fair after Friday and then turn our focus to London. We will go in showing a healthy respect to our opponents once again."
Tickets for Friday's game against Widnes will remain on sale in WolfWare today (Thursday) until 5pm. Ticket prices go up tomorrow (Friday) so we advise people to buy them in advance.
Match tickets for the London home game remain on sale in WolfWare (until 5pm Saturday) - Please note: WolfWare will be closed on Good Friday and at WolfWare Online (until midnight Friday).
28, Mar, 2013