Smith: Intense Competitive Game
Warrington Wolves played their part in an extraordinary Super League contest last night against the Warriors at the DW Stadium. Wolves' head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith gives his thoughts on the game.
"We're mixed in the dressing room. We're not punching the air but we wouldn't have been either way had we won or lost. It was pleasing that we found a way not to lose it once we went behind but I don't think we controlled the game as much as we needed to.
"I thought they were better than us in the first half and controlled the speed of the game and speed of the play the ball much better than us on the ground. They were quicker when they had the ball and that has a big effect at this stage of the year; sometimes you can get out of that with offloading the ball tactics but they are difficult at the moment. I thought they out enthused us in the first half but in the second I thought we showed a bit more control and for patches throughout the game as well.
"I thought it was intense and definitely held the interest of everyone here because of the scoreline. I think I've seen better quality games in terms of skill and offload but it was one of those really intense games with the 20,000 helping to create the atmosphere. It was tense and I think people sensed that it was going to be coming into the game and because these two teams have done that in the past they've come to expect it. It shows what we can do as a sport when we have competitive games and it would be great to have that each and every week."
And on the draw: "We'll do what we always do, whether we win or lose we go away and break the game down, analyse it and learn from it. It will do us good."
Next Up: Warrington Wolves v Catalan Dragons, The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Friday 15th February, 8pm
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09, Feb, 2013