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Injuries mount while kicking game crumbles for Warrington Wolves
Updated 7:08pm Monday 21st April 2014 in Sport
WARRINGTON Wolves’ injury concerns continued to worsen when Ben Harrison was withdrawn during the defeat to Castleford Tigers on Monday.
Wolves’ head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith fears at first glance that Harrison may be out for some time.
“We picked up another one to another senior player,” he said about Wolves’ growing injury list. “A scaphoid to Harrison which takes us to six senior players who are busted.
“Not a week-or-two injuries, it’s mounting in its numbers. We lost Bennie, I think he did about 20 minutes but we took him off with his wrist.
“That’s without x-ray, the symptoms are that we think he’s done a scaphoid in his wrist.”
Smith spoke previously on his disapproval of the rigorous Easter schedule and believes both teams were feeling the strain in Super League Round 10.
“Who knows on a second game on an Easter weekend what you’re going to get,” he added. “Unfortunately we didn’t get what we wanted and Cas got what they wanted.
“Both teams would be feeling Friday to some degree. When you’re on a roll you don’t feel it as much - they got on that role.
“I thought the first half there wasn’t much between the two teams, the score line suggested that as well, and they probably deserved to be slightly ahead at half time.
“They found some momentum in the second half and another lease of life, and whichever team was going to pop up with those big plays was going to take control.”
Smith was also critical of Wolves’ kicking game, something he felt handed the initiative to the hosts.
“I don’t think we built pressure enough,” he said. “Every time we got into a good position to attack we came up with a relieving error of pressure for our opponents.
“Plus our kicking game was well off. We had two or three good kicks by the end of the game but that was about it.
“A team who are capable scorers like that, you can’t play on the back of them turning the ball over when you’re about to build some pressure or a poor kicking game, so we paid the price.”
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