Bridge is to stay in the half backs

Chris Bridge touches down the second of his four tries. Picture by Mike Boden

Chris Bridge touches down the second of his four tries. Picture by Mike Boden

First published in Sport by , Sports reporter

FOUR tries and a 36-point haul against Doncaster will see Chris Bridge lead Warrington Wolves from the half backs again on Sunday.

Bridge looks set to retain his position at Bradford Bulls, while Tony Smith also highlighted the importance of Ben Harrison’s return.

Bridge volunteered at stand off ahead of the Challenge Cup win and Smith believes the 29-year-old has worked hard to reach the level of performance he showed.

“He put up his hand to play that position and with that sort of performance it will be hard to keep him out,” said Wolves’ head of coaching and rugby.

“Absolutely it’s good when they want to do that and then back it up with a performance. Chris is an incredibly talented player.

“It’s taken him a while to get his body in the right shape and condition to play with the intensity he did last week, he’s been building towards that for a while – hopefully he can continue that for some time.

“That doesn’t mean he will play there for the remainder of the year but certainly on the back of that performance there’s a fair chance he’ll run out there this week.”

Smith is also delighted to welcome back powerhouse Harrison, who Wolves originally feared had suffered a scaphoid break.

“That’s six to eight weeks in a pot and then rehabilitation,” he explained. “To avoid having to go through that is enormous.

“He’s played a number of years for a young guy only in his mid 20s, he’s got vast experience and brings that to the team as well as his huge work ethic.

“He gets in there and does some hard graft when the team needs him, so he’s always good to have.”

Smith was impressed with Brad Dwyer on Sunday, while Michael Monaghan is available after missing that win, as is Danny Bridge, who recently returned from a loan spell at Bulls.

Wolves will travel to Odsal again in June for the Challenge Cup quarter final.

“We’re down to eight and you’ve got to be good from here on in,” added Smith. “The fact we play Bradford this week will not play much of a role in this game or the cup game.”

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