Tony Smith: More to come from Super League leaders Warrington

Published: Saturday 27th February 2016 by The News Editor

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Warrington boss Tony Smith admitted his side have yet to hit top gear despite a 34-16 victory over Wakefield taking the Wolves top of the First Utility Super League table.

Smith’s side scored six tries at the Halliwell Jones Stadium as his older brother Brian’s Wildcats were swept aside.

But despite the Wolves making it three wins from as many games this season, their head coach expects more from them in the future.

Tony Smith said:”The results are okay but we know there is a lot more to come.

“A few players were off their game and we haven’t quite hit the straps yet.

“We lacked some tempo but Wakefield played very well. They are a huge improvement on last year and I’m not saying that because my elder brother is their coach.

“There are some aspects of our game we need to improve and that’s plain for all to see. It was a tough old game and Wakefield were fast when they had the ball.”

Kurt Gidley scored his first try for the club, set up two others and also kicked five goals from six attempts before being forced off with concussion.

Smith added: “There is a six day turnaround before our next game at Salford and we will need a new half back combination.

“That’s a shame because Kurt was terrific and has struck up a fine understanding with Chris Sandow.”

Sandow grabbed two tries, as did Ben Currie, while Kevin Penny also touched down for the hosts.

Warrington led 24-6 at the break but Wakefield, hammered 80-0 in the corresponding fixture last year, kept plugging away.

They deserved tries through Craig Hall, Anthony Tupou and a late effort from Jonny Molloy.

Wildcats coach Brian Smith said: “We self inflicted at times and there was some very loose passing at the start and end of the game.

“But we competed very hard and if anyone looks at the scoreline they will think it lopsided but it wasn’t.

“The scoreline last year left a scar on some of our players and to come back was a big character event.

“At times it looked like Warrington could have done it again but it speaks volumes the way our guys played against such a quality team.

“I have to give a big rap to my younger brother with Warrington having the makings of a very good team. If they are not up there or thereabouts at the end of the season I will be very surprised.

“We lost Ben Jones-Bishop with tightness in his quad but Craig Hall did some good things at full-back.”

Published: Saturday 27th February 2016 by The News Editor

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