Smith beaming after Wolves victory

Published: Saturday 25th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Warrington coach Tony Smith admits his old club Leeds bring the best out of the Wolves as they completed a notable double over the Super League leaders.

Smith’s men became the first team to defeat the Rhinos in 2015 with an 18-6 victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in March and they were even more impressive as they cruised to a 29-10 triumph at Headingley.

“Our two best performances have been against the same team and some of it is about the dangers they can cause you,” Smith said.

“You’ve got to play well because they are a dangerous team and you’ve got to play for 80 minutes. We experienced that against Wigan last week and learned some lessons. That’s what it’s all about.”

The Wolves never looked back after opening up a 14-0 lead thanks to tries from wingers Gene Ormsby and Joel Monaghan and prop Ashton Sims but Smith was pleased with his side’s tackling and in particular the inexperienced left-sided defence of Toby King, Declan Patton and Ormsby.

“Our defence was enormous,” Smith said. “Those young boys on the left got their bottoms smacked last week but they learned some lessons and certainly turned up tonight.

“It was no mean feat to stand up to (Carl) Ablett and (Brett) Delaney. I thought it was courageous of them, they were among a lot of good performances tonight.”

Smith also singled out second rower Ben Currie, who scored one try and created another with a clever grubber kick that demonstrated his all-round talent that earmarks him as a future captain of the club.

“He’s a good rugby player who is coming into his own in the last few weeks,” Smith said. “He’s getting some consistency in his performances. He’s a future captain of our club. He’s a smart cookie.”

Leeds’ second defeat of the season put a dampener on captain Kevin Sinfield’s 500th appearance for the club.

The Rhinos were already trailing 20-4 when the former England skipper entered the action five minutes into the second half and it did not get much better as the Yorkshiremen came up with their worst performance of the season in front of a 17,430 crowd

“I don’t think we were that far off throughout the whole game and I didn’t think Warrington were that far in front,” said Leeds coach Brian McDermott.

“We started to over-play a bit in the second half but credit to Warrington. They were presented with some opportunities in the first half and they nailed them, they made very few errors

“We played a very good version of Warrington tonight.”

Published: Saturday 25th April 2015 by The News Editor

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