Smith praises under-strength Warrington side after a big win

Ben Currie

It was on the back of a second half display by his side that had Warrington Wolves coach Tony Smith ecstatic with the win, as the coach praised his under-strength side for their 34-6 win over Hull KR.

Leading just 12-6 at the break, the Wolves piled on 22 unanswered points in the second half to record their eighth win in a row, as a host of stars were being rested for the clash.

“It was a good, tough first half with not much between the sides,” said Smith.

“We were pretty dominant in the second half and the scoreline probably backs that up.”

Something else that pleased Smith, was his side’s defence.

With their goal-line defence in particular holding firm, it was the bench play that also had Smith excited.

“I was pleased with our goal-line defence in the first half, only conceding one try. We got a lot better in the second half and saw a bit more footy Viagra from us with quick play the balls,” said Smith.

“Our bench lifted us and made a difference. Ben Currie played well and Mike Cooper was terrific. Glenn Riley too did some special things and has a bright future in the game. Chris Bridge showed some real class and has worked hard to get back from injury.”

Hull KR boss Craig Sandercock was honest in his assessment, saying Warrington were by far the better side and that ill-discipline cost his side dearly.

“Warrington were too good and are a class side. We gave away too many penalties and today was not our day,” said Sandercock.

Despite having two tries disallowed, the Hull KR coach was not about to use that as an excuse for the loss.

“We didn’t get the rub of the green but Warrington deserved to win,” said Sandercock.

“For an hour I thought we were going to win but we took some poor options, and Warrington punished us.”

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