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Tony Smith believed Warrington Wolves lacked punch against Hull KR

Warrington Guardian: Wolves lacked punch, says Smith Wolves lacked punch, says Smith

TONY Smith felt Warrington Wolves lacked the ‘punch’ that saw them beat Hull KR last Sunday.

Wolves dumped the Robins out of the Challenge Cup in the fourth round, but were beaten 12-25 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Super League Round 8.

The head of coaching and rugby believes his side were not too far off last week’s performance, but needed to turn their possession into points early on.

“We had a little bit more punch last week with our attack (last week) we weren’t far off. I thought we built a good solid game the first half and it was a good even contest.

“We probably just needed to take a couple of chances at that stage and convert a bit of our field position.

“We dominated the field position first half, but it was a good hard arm wrestle in that first half. Second half we just didn’t build a game and I can’t fault my guys’ effort, I thought it was terrific, but just a little bit off smarts.”

Trent Waterhouse knocked on in a good position in the first half and Ryan Atkins was hauled down short of the line early on, but Smith refused to be left feeling ‘what if’.

“I’m not sure the defeat at the weekend was enough to motivate the opposition,” he added. “But they handled it pretty well as well, they looked sharp at times.

“It’s ifs and buts, we would have liked to have applied more pressure and converted those into points, but we’re talking hypotheticals, we didn’t and we would have liked to have done that but it was not to be.

“There were some small aspects where we needed to be a little better, I thought there was a marked improvement in certain areas, I thought our defence was a whole lot better than it has been on some of the big plays that our opponents put on us.

“There were some good signs as well, but for that 15 minutes after half time we were off the pace of building there and we needed that 15. 20 minutes to be really solid but we didn’t handle it in that manner.”

Rhys Evans and Stefan Ratchford both saw tries chalked off although Smith said he has not had a chance to look at them, he also felt it was a difficult game for Ben Currie, Ben Harrison, Anthony England and Brad Dwyer to make their returns.

“You want them to go your way and some days they do some days they don’t,” he explained. “That’s sport; we would’ve liked to have had those and a couple more.

“It was tough circumstances for them thrown in at the deep end.”

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11:45pm Fri 11 Apr 14

ninearches says...

Hull KR played as a team & as such deserved their win. The coaching staff need to be earning their corn by coaching their players to be more incisive near the line. We are doing some good moves till we get within 15 yards of the try line then our plays fall apart. We need to play as a team ,their are too many individuals out their doing their own thing which is the first thing that Tony Smith stamped out in the dark days after Cullen. If you want to be here Tony you need to do that magic again.
Hull KR played as a team & as such deserved their win. The coaching staff need to be earning their corn by coaching their players to be more incisive near the line. We are doing some good moves till we get within 15 yards of the try line then our plays fall apart. We need to play as a team ,their are too many individuals out their doing their own thing which is the first thing that Tony Smith stamped out in the dark days after Cullen. If you want to be here Tony you need to do that magic again. ninearches
  • Score: 9

11:08am Sat 12 Apr 14

transey says...

Smtihy gets paid toom much for doing too little.
He plays Myler every week whether he is poor or worse.
He wont play Chris Riley who is a super player and dead keen.
Its time Moran got tough - this isnt a pop game
Smtihy gets paid toom much for doing too little. He plays Myler every week whether he is poor or worse. He wont play Chris Riley who is a super player and dead keen. Its time Moran got tough - this isnt a pop game transey
  • Score: -4

11:46am Sat 12 Apr 14

Cheap Mower says...

transey wrote:
Smtihy gets paid toom much for doing too little.
He plays Myler every week whether he is poor or worse.
He wont play Chris Riley who is a super player and dead keen.
Its time Moran got tough - this isnt a pop game
Riley a super player? You are taking the **** aint you?
[quote][p][bold]transey[/bold] wrote: Smtihy gets paid toom much for doing too little. He plays Myler every week whether he is poor or worse. He wont play Chris Riley who is a super player and dead keen. Its time Moran got tough - this isnt a pop game[/p][/quote]Riley a super player? You are taking the **** aint you? Cheap Mower
  • Score: 8

1:08pm Sat 12 Apr 14

pennstate says...

What a tragic night of rugby. I am not sure we can call Myler or Ratchford when they play out in the centres most of the game and Myler tackled his life out and scored two tries.. Did anyone see Carvell on Thursday? He wanted to stay and Smith still let him go, he loved the club and town and should be leading our pack. In terms of youth Smith has damaged O'Brien, Currie, Riley G, Dwyer, Bridge D. When we had the best youth coaches around which players have graduated under Smith, Evans has only got in under protest. And what was the point of buying Penny?
The exodus from HJ from all sides with more than ten minutes to go said it all. We are paying too much money for Smith or anyone else to 'write this year off''. I am bitterly disappointed but not surprised.
What a tragic night of rugby. I am not sure we can call Myler or Ratchford when they play out in the centres most of the game and Myler tackled his life out and scored two tries.. Did anyone see Carvell on Thursday? He wanted to stay and Smith still let him go, he loved the club and town and should be leading our pack. In terms of youth Smith has damaged O'Brien, Currie, Riley G, Dwyer, Bridge D. When we had the best youth coaches around which players have graduated under Smith, Evans has only got in under protest. And what was the point of buying Penny? The exodus from HJ from all sides with more than ten minutes to go said it all. We are paying too much money for Smith or anyone else to 'write this year off''. I am bitterly disappointed but not surprised. pennstate
  • Score: 14

6:06pm Sat 12 Apr 14

suttonwire says...

What is the matter with people? OK we have made a poor start to the season, so the call is for Tony Smiths head. He is trying to find a winning formula with the players he has got available at present. He must know as most of us know we need a playmaker. Myler is a support player, he works hard tackles well but is not a leader, we need a type o player like Jamie Soward who had a short time a the Broncos last season and was available when he left St George Ilawara Dragons, after watching him against the Burgess family this morning he would have suited us very well. With a bit of luck we will get someone soon, if not it's going to be a long year.
What is the matter with people? OK we have made a poor start to the season, so the call is for Tony Smiths head. He is trying to find a winning formula with the players he has got available at present. He must know as most of us know we need a playmaker. Myler is a support player, he works hard tackles well but is not a leader, we need a type o player like Jamie Soward who had a short time a the Broncos last season and was available when he left St George Ilawara Dragons, after watching him against the Burgess family this morning he would have suited us very well. With a bit of luck we will get someone soon, if not it's going to be a long year. suttonwire
  • Score: 0

6:09pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Crofty11 says...

It wouldn't surprise me if O'brien was trying to get out of his contract as soon as possible, he's been held back as a player with the option of sitting in the stand waiting for an injury or playing at Swinton. warrington don't want him but don't want other clubs to sign him either. Instead smith goes for the ' superstar' players who are paid the most & even after 5 years of development myler is still not a good half back. But I think he'll stick with myler & ratchford no matter what this season. At least bridge has refound his kicking skills.
It wouldn't surprise me if O'brien was trying to get out of his contract as soon as possible, he's been held back as a player with the option of sitting in the stand waiting for an injury or playing at Swinton. warrington don't want him but don't want other clubs to sign him either. Instead smith goes for the ' superstar' players who are paid the most & even after 5 years of development myler is still not a good half back. But I think he'll stick with myler & ratchford no matter what this season. At least bridge has refound his kicking skills. Crofty11
  • Score: 1

6:41pm Sat 12 Apr 14

spencerk1991 says...

Im afraid Mr Smith watches a different game to everyone else on a consistent basis. Hes been great but lost the plot. Time to call it day sir. . The club felt the squad was strong enough while losing 5 quality super league player and spending nothing on quality replacements. Its not worked and we all knew it never would. We are crying out for a top quality half back and a centre. Weve not had a good right centre since Gleeson. Bridge is a decent player but no centre. We all see this, but the man that matters doesnt. Attendances are dropping like a stone and will continue to do so. Myler and Ratchford are way off, and OP Brien who I had great hopes for has been a major disappointment. Why did we sign Penny if were not going to play him ?
Im afraid Mr Smith watches a different game to everyone else on a consistent basis. Hes been great but lost the plot. Time to call it day sir. . The club felt the squad was strong enough while losing 5 quality super league player and spending nothing on quality replacements. Its not worked and we all knew it never would. We are crying out for a top quality half back and a centre. Weve not had a good right centre since Gleeson. Bridge is a decent player but no centre. We all see this, but the man that matters doesnt. Attendances are dropping like a stone and will continue to do so. Myler and Ratchford are way off, and OP Brien who I had great hopes for has been a major disappointment. Why did we sign Penny if were not going to play him ? spencerk1991
  • Score: 7

11:44pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Cheap Mower says...

I've just looked at the league table and there is only 1 team that has scored less points than us . . . London. That says it all
I've just looked at the league table and there is only 1 team that has scored less points than us . . . London. That says it all Cheap Mower
  • Score: 9

12:31pm Sun 13 Apr 14

wolfitdown says...

I think we all expected ups and downs for this season as it stands it's all downs, the mystifying thing for a club aiming for consistency at the top, GF's, games against Aussie club sides we seem at the moment very short sighted Simon Moran must be wondering where is the emerging generation the club has invested in, all that time effort and money wasted?.
So far the team is completely disjointed with no cohesion what soever in truth we have been witnessing this over the previous two years, the failure to make gradual head over heart changes must be down to the coaching staff.
I do believe TS has a team in there recent injuries haven't helped but he needs to act fast not just the team but if nothing is coming through then what signings are needed.
I think we all expected ups and downs for this season as it stands it's all downs, the mystifying thing for a club aiming for consistency at the top, GF's, games against Aussie club sides we seem at the moment very short sighted Simon Moran must be wondering where is the emerging generation the club has invested in, all that time effort and money wasted?. So far the team is completely disjointed with no cohesion what soever in truth we have been witnessing this over the previous two years, the failure to make gradual head over heart changes must be down to the coaching staff. I do believe TS has a team in there recent injuries haven't helped but he needs to act fast not just the team but if nothing is coming through then what signings are needed. wolfitdown
  • Score: 5

4:16pm Sun 13 Apr 14

exwarringtonian says...

I have been a Warrington supporter for some 70 or more years but it never ceases to amaze me how many people there are on the terraces who know more about the game, the tactics that should be used and the best positions for the players then the coach in charge, last season and the three previous JS was the best thing since sliced bread now he has not got a clue according to the coaches on the terraces, is it my age or am I missing the plot somewhere.
I have been a Warrington supporter for some 70 or more years but it never ceases to amaze me how many people there are on the terraces who know more about the game, the tactics that should be used and the best positions for the players then the coach in charge, last season and the three previous JS was the best thing since sliced bread now he has not got a clue according to the coaches on the terraces, is it my age or am I missing the plot somewhere. exwarringtonian
  • Score: 2

5:44pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Bewseylad says...

They certainly did lack the punch, a few of them needed one to spark some life into them! Too many players were stood still receiving the ball, how can you make yardage against a team that were moving up swiftly when attacking from a standing start? Surely some of the basic attacking structures can be coached, like running onto a ball. Accepting we have lost the guile of Briers and Hodgson in attack, Ratchford and Russell are great at running with the ball but are not the type to link up into the back line to create the overlap. From a position of hitting scoring records two seasons ago, we have slumped to being the 3rd worst attacking team so far this season. Can the coaching staff be happy watching the home performances this year and would they pay to watch it? This is no way to attract increased crowds to the extended stadium. I am a season ticket holder, away follower also, not an armchair critic.
They certainly did lack the punch, a few of them needed one to spark some life into them! Too many players were stood still receiving the ball, how can you make yardage against a team that were moving up swiftly when attacking from a standing start? Surely some of the basic attacking structures can be coached, like running onto a ball. Accepting we have lost the guile of Briers and Hodgson in attack, Ratchford and Russell are great at running with the ball but are not the type to link up into the back line to create the overlap. From a position of hitting scoring records two seasons ago, we have slumped to being the 3rd worst attacking team so far this season. Can the coaching staff be happy watching the home performances this year and would they pay to watch it? This is no way to attract increased crowds to the extended stadium. I am a season ticket holder, away follower also, not an armchair critic. Bewseylad
  • Score: 5

10:16am Mon 14 Apr 14

realistic southstander says...

The team lack a quality organiser and tactician. Only O'Brien falls into this category and he is not being given the chance to improve his game at the top level. The forwards are too easily bullied and there is far too much one man rugby. From the points scored this season only Bradford and London have less. Signings are needed but the salary cap would not allow this. There are some very lean times ahead!
The team lack a quality organiser and tactician. Only O'Brien falls into this category and he is not being given the chance to improve his game at the top level. The forwards are too easily bullied and there is far too much one man rugby. From the points scored this season only Bradford and London have less. Signings are needed but the salary cap would not allow this. There are some very lean times ahead! realistic southstander
  • Score: 1

12:06pm Mon 14 Apr 14

ninearches says...

The Saints defeat was a classic case of the Wire team being bullied because we no longer have an enforcer of our own. But we need to play as a team ,just like HKR did & they didn't have any real superstars. Too much one man rugby & too many stupid passes.
The Saints defeat was a classic case of the Wire team being bullied because we no longer have an enforcer of our own. But we need to play as a team ,just like HKR did & they didn't have any real superstars. Too much one man rugby & too many stupid passes. ninearches
  • Score: 3

7:21pm Mon 14 Apr 14

pennstate says...

If the salary cap is a problem what on earth were we paying Hodgson, Morley, Carvell, Briers, Blythe and the others. I think the issue relates to TS and his plan and that he has put his own ego ahead of the club. The comments from the bloggers are not vindictive or abusive its just we cant understand why Smith dismantled a winning team and expected the youngsters to step up when he has failed to look after them or show them any faith. O'Brien is class and Currie has the attributes, they need trust and support from the coach. TS play Penny against Widnes it will rally the crowd and bring back some atmosphere. Please let him know its alright to make a mistake!!!
If the salary cap is a problem what on earth were we paying Hodgson, Morley, Carvell, Briers, Blythe and the others. I think the issue relates to TS and his plan and that he has put his own ego ahead of the club. The comments from the bloggers are not vindictive or abusive its just we cant understand why Smith dismantled a winning team and expected the youngsters to step up when he has failed to look after them or show them any faith. O'Brien is class and Currie has the attributes, they need trust and support from the coach. TS play Penny against Widnes it will rally the crowd and bring back some atmosphere. Please let him know its alright to make a mistake!!! pennstate
  • Score: 6

4:53pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Nick Tessla says...

Typo - he said they had a packed lunch


:-)
Typo - he said they had a packed lunch :-) Nick Tessla
  • Score: 3

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