Smith on team's Magical victory
(photo courtesy of Neil Ashurst - P&B Pictures)
Wolves secured a memorable Magic win over rivals St Helens yesterday on day one at the Etihad Stadium.
The match was rounded off with a spectacular try from captain Adrian Morley in his return game from injury. Wolves' head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said about the celebration: "It showed the sort of admiration our players have for their skipper; I felt like running on and jumping on myself. He doesn't score many of them so when he does get one we all celebrate with him. I think it showed team spirit but it also showed excitement about the match as well."
When asked about Riley's try-scoring performance he added: "I thought he was terrific. I was a bit disappointed with their celebration of Riley's try because I thought it was enormous in the corner carrying two or three on his back, getting in between players; in a game against a good team like St Helens and a spirited team like St Helens I think you should be excited about scoring any try against a good team like that particularly Chris with the effort he put in. It was a terrific piece of play."
And on his team's performance and that of the opposition: "They had a really good crack at us today. Saints really tried hard; score lines are mostly true indications but a lot of our points were scored at the end of each of the halves when they probably fatigued a fair bit; we are capable of doing that to teams but I thought their (Saints) effort was enormous. Two well disciplined teams too. That's the sort of spirit, standard and commitment that I think Super League games should be played at.
"We had a lot more energy than we did last week. We had a great advantage this week with a long turnaround which is enormous for energy levels and was probably the indicator at the back end of the game.
"Both teams were allowed to play some footy too. There weren't that many stoppages in play and we were able to get out there and mix it up which I thought was good. The other person who needs to be commended is the official. I thought he did a pretty sound job today. He allowed both teams to play."
Next up for the Wolves is a home game against Salford next Sunday 2nd June at 3pm.
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26, May, 2013