Smith: They love it!
WolvesTV catches up with head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith as he reflects on his team’s last outing and ahead to preparation for the Challenge Cup encounter.
“We take lessons from each and every game; some aspects of the game (against Leeds) were very pleasing, some not so pleasing. The good part was the experience of it. I thought our defence was terrific but our attack was way off what it normally is or could have been. Our kicking game wasn’t the best either but to then be able to manage the game at the back end and have three attempts at a field goal to win it is sometimes a bit fortunate but I also think the way we managed the end of the game was pretty calm and collected which is sometimes what’s needed.”
Looking ahead to squad selection for this weekend Tony has almost a full contingent to choose from.
“Ryan’s (Atkins) our major concern. If you’d have asked me early in the week whether he’d be fit for this weekend I’d have said definitely not but we are a bit open minded now; we’ll see how he progresses through the week and give him a fitness test. The other one is Richie Myler, he’s in the same sort of boat; a couple of weeks ago I’d have said no way for the Huddersfield game but we’ll fitness test him and check him out to see if he’ll be available for us as well. Other than that there are a few bumps and bruises but that’s about it; we are pretty fit and healthy. Ben Harrison is back available for selection but won’t make the team against Huddersfield but will more than likely play for our partnership club Swinton. It’s good to have Ben back. Rhys Evans is our only other injury at the moment.”
This week we are caught up in the anticipation of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup but how do the players respond in training?
“I don’t think you need to remind the players too much. They understand the consequences of a good performance and a bad performance; they have drastically different outcomes. In the past few years we’ve experienced both. Those players who have experienced the disappointment of a loss understand how it feels and have also experienced the highs; we are looking for more of those highs. The experience helps but it’s no guarantee as you need to go out and perform each and every time in the cup and if you do that it keeps you alive.
“We go out there to perform in each and every game. I think, without approaching it any differently, the players understand the consequences of not performing. Most of the time we are able to stand up to those sorts of pressures and probably thrive on it and hopefully that will be the case again on Sunday.”
Tony and the team are expecting a tough encounter come Sunday afternoon.
“They (Huddersfield) are a good team, very consistent and that’s been proven by where they are in the competition. We’ve got a healthy respect for Huddersfield; they’ve got a good pack of forwards, some good half backs and terrific outside backs. We’ll have a healthy respect for them right across the park.”
Huddersfield have become one of our regular Cup opponents in recent times and tony for one is expecting this to continue for the years to come.
“I think that happens to all teams that become consistent in both competitions; being alive in the draw more often so you meet up against each other more whether that be finals or in the Challenge Cup. I’ve got no doubt that the two clubs will meet a lot in the future as well as they are becoming two very consistent teams in terms of performance which increases your chance of match ups throughout the bigger games in both competitions.”
Finally Tony and the team look forward to your fantastic support once again this weekend.
“They (the fans) support us through the cup. They love it. Hopefully we can reward them with a terrific performance as they’ve been great for us in our last couple of home games; in the last one we weren’t great and they probably helped us get across the line and the last game before that at home was against Wigan and they helped us in that as well. They’ve been really inspirational for us and we enjoy the atmosphere that they create in our back yard.”
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10, Jul, 2013