Smith: Tricky game for both teams
Work placement student Adam Everett catches up with coach Tony Smith ahead of this weekend's home fixture v Wakefield.
Warrington return to The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday to take on Wakefield after two weeks on the road. Wolves TV caught up with head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith in the build up to the game.
On bouncing back against Castleford last week after defeat in the Challenge Cup semi final, he said: "It was tough. We were hurting early in the week; in our preparation after the cup. It flattened us all for a few days but a lot of character was shown on the weekend. We went 24-6 down against Cas in a game where we weren't doing too many things wrong really. We were against the run of play in some respects and they certainly had the momentum on us; to turn that around was enormous I thought and showed a lot of the character in the squad. I'm really pleased that we did bounce back and the manner in which we did was very important."
On youngsters Brad Dwyer and James Laithwaite coming into the side against Castleford, he added: "I thought both of them played a good role for us. James was pretty solid and safe. He played a fair bit of game time too and young Brad Dwyer made a good impact. He really picked up the pace of the game and gave a bit of a break to Micky at the right time."
Adrian Morley also reached a career milestone at the weekend with his 500th game and Tony was full of praise for his skipper. "It's a great achievement and it's not many who make the 500 game mark, particularly in the position that he plays at prop. He's been remarkable and he's done a fantastic job for us and he'll continue to do so. He won't be doing so on Saturday though, he'll have a break this week. He's picked up a little bit of a knock but he should resume for 501 on Thursday hopefully."
And there was other fitness news ahead of the Wakefield and Widnes games: "Richie Myler will have a scan today (Thursday) to ascertain how severe his injured knee is...We'll work out the extent of it after the scan - once it's gone to the consultant - and hopefully within the next 24 hours we'll have a fair indication. We probably won't want to play Briers three games in twelve days but we've got Michael Monaghan and also Hodgson coming back. We've got Currie and a few others that didn't play last week to choose from as well...So a couple in, a couple out."
On the Wakefield side he said: "They're a good team, particularly with the ball in hand. I think everybody has seen how dangerous they are. They can attack and cause problems for just about any team in the competition so we're going to have to be very good with the ball ourselves - not turn the ball over too often - and make them do a few defensive sets as well. We've got to make them do their fair share of tackling and hopefully limit the amount that we have to do because if you give them too much in good field position they can score points.
"They're a good team that wants to win. I think they're going to be a good opposition for us...It's a tricky game for both teams and the team that concentrates the most will come out on top. The last time we played them we probably didn't finish off our sets as well as we needed to and let them back in the game after a healthy start and you need to concentrate for the full 80 against Wakefield, so hopefully we can do that on Saturday."
Match tickets for Saturday's game, 10th August, are on sale in WolfWare, at WolfWare Online and on 08448 11 11 76 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
On Saturday select turnstiles will open at 12.15pm for the U19s 12.30pm kick-off. The main Super League match will kick off at 3pm with remaining turnstiles open from 1.30pm.
Ticket office windows for purchasing and collection will open from 12pm. WolfWare open from 9am.
08, Aug, 2013