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Bulls insight useful, but not crucial for Wolves
TONY Smith believes gaining an insight into Sunday’s opposition from players who spent time at Bradford Bulls can be useful, but is not crucial to Wolves’ preparation.
Danny Bridge recently returned from a loan spell at the Odsal Stadium, while Ben Evans completed a similar move last year.
But Wolves’ head of coaching and rugby is wary of worrying too much about Sunday’s Super League Round 11 opposition.
“Danny is certainly in Warrington colours now and will pass on anything he does know about our opponents this week,” he said.
“We’ve got someone else who has had experience there in Ben Evans and he’s quite aware of what they’re about as well.
“He has been able to give us insight into their thoughts of play, which can be beneficial, but you can get bogged down in worrying about your opponent as well.
“It can give you a bit of insight into what they’re about, but I think if you watch most of the teams you can pick up a fair bit about them.
“Whilst information is good, and we’re pleased about it, there is only so much we want to take on.”
Bradford boast their own insight into the Warrington coach’s school of thought with ex-Wolves player Matty Blythe among their ranks and one of Smith’s former Leeds players, Francis Cummins, as their boss.
“Matty has a fair insight,” added Smith. “I worked with Franny Cummins both as his coach and he worked on my coaching staff at Leeds, so he knows me pretty well and I know him pretty well.
“All those things they’re useful, but it then comes down to the right sort of mentality and tactics for the week.
“We’re hoping to get those things right and I’m sure Franny is hoping to get those things right from his team’s perspective, so it should make for a good match up.”
As for Bridge, he is yet to make an appearance in primrose and blue since his return but Smith expects to see him in action soon.
“He’s available for selection,” he added. “It will probably make it a little hard with (Ben) Harrison being back fit and healthy.
“However, we’ve been skinny on the back row and skinny on the number of players we’ve had in that area, so hopefully we can get Danny out there playing soon, I think it’ll do him a world of good.”
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