Smith: Turn Up In Voice
@wolvesrl v @DragonsOfficiel
Wolves' head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith looks at what the team can take away from the draw against Wigan last week and ahead to tonight's clash with the Dragons.
"In terms of handling a tight physical game I think we stepped it up. There were a few facets that we didn't do as well as the week before but it was a different test for us last week, in a different venue, different situations. I think that will help us in the future. We are going to have some other tough, physical games where they'll be highly intense and score lines close. It's good to learn from and look back on as to how we can do better and which ways we can improve."
The Dragons come to The Halliwell Jones Stadium unbeaten on the back of their opening two wins.
"They are a good team. In the past we've experienced some of our more intense games against them; sometimes they've had it over us and sometimes us over them. It'll be very much a tough fixture for both teams. We both like to play good Rugby League, conditions may play a part in that this week and on how expansive each team can play but hopefully we'll still get to see some good rugby out there.
"Brent has settled in well; they are missing Scott Dureau in some ways but in other respects Brent's stepped up to play that role for Catalan along with Thomas Bosc and Pryce in the halves. They've continued on from last year and not surprisingly so, Laurent is a good young coach who has served an apprenticeship there and has had a big influence on their last few years. He's kept it fairly stable there and they've had a good start to the year."
And his thoughts on the opening few rounds of the season.
"It's still early days so you expect some upsets. We're all still working out who are going to be the form teams but that form will change from stage to stage. I wouldn't read too much into the first few weeks of a new season. It's early days and most teams don't have too many friendlies going into the season so everyone's still getting to grips with their own teams as well as their opponents. I would still expect a few more upsets and surprises between now and Easter, with Easter generally sorting out a lot of the competition, when it seems to settle down so it will be interesting until then."
Tony and the team are looking forward to another packed out, vocal crowd at the stadium tonight.
"Last week's atmosphere at Wigan was fantastic with our crowd, our away support, if you can call it that, they were right behind us and made it feel like home again. If you've travelled over you'll know the Catalan experience; they certainly give some atmosphere and outnumber the opposition but it's our turn to turn up in voice and to dominate the atmosphere. I'm sure the Warrington crowd won't disappoint."
Match tickets are still available for the Catalan home tie tonight at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on sale in WolfWare until 5pm.
The ticket offices for purchases and collections (x2 near WolfWare) will open at 5pm with turnstiles opening at 6.30pm.
You can follow the match with regular updates on Twitter: @wolvesrl and quarterly updates on the Official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/warringtonwolvesrugby
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15, Feb, 2013