Warrington Wolves can learn from Bradford Bulls' urgency

Warrington Guardian: Wolves can learn from Bulls' urgency Wolves can learn from Bulls' urgency

TONY Smith believes Warrington Wolves can learn from the urgency and desperation that saw Bradford Bulls fight back to beat his side 34-28 in Super League Round 11.

Wolves entered the break holding a six-point lead over their hosts, but with only Matty Russell’s try to show from the second half they slumped to a loss that lifted Bradford off the bottom of the table.

And Smith felt his side ultimately lacked the same spirit as their relegation-threatened opponents, who also bounced back from 0-16 down in the Challenge Cup last weekend to beat Catalan Dragons.

“They’re playing with a lot of spirit and got some confidence out of last week as well when they stuck together and hung in there against Catalan,” said Smith.

“They’ve built on that and that spirit, I know they’re down in troops and that’s when they tend to build together and pull together.

“We needed to do that ourselves, be a bit more clinical in some of what we did there and probably that desperation wasn’t quite there for us to the degree we needed.

“It certainly was for Bradford and it showed what you can do when you all pull together and play with that sort of urgency. We certainly need to find a bit of that ourselves in the coming weeks.

“We didn’t have that desperation or urgency that was needed. That’s disappointing but we’ll stick together and go and work hard.

“We’ll hopefully get some troops back over the next little while and even if we don’t we’ll dig in and learn some lessons about desperation and urgency and being clinical.

“We always do that, we analyse ourselves pretty harshly when it’s good and bad and we always learn lessons from the good and bad days.”

Wolves’ head of coaching and rugby said the visitors needed to open up a greater deficit when they had the opportunity and criticised their penalty count in the second half.

“I didn’t think we clocked off for the last 10 minutes,” he added. “We clocked off for the last 40 minutes in terms of intensity.

“Some of the opportunities we didn’t take, we needed to take those and get just a little bit further away from Bradford.

“We gave them enough to keep fighting and have some hope and there were a few times we could have skipped away and didn’t do that and paid the price for that.

“The second half we didn’t get going, when we had a couple of breaks we didn’t use it – there were some opportunities there for us.

“Our discipline in the second half, an eight-three penalty count, makes it tough. You’re on the back foot the whole time, we just didn’t get going that second half and Bradford had a lot of possession and certainly momentum.”

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7:44pm Sun 4 May 14

transey says...

Excuse man Smith scores again!!
Is there anything that he doesn't have an excuse for?
Excuse man Smith scores again!! Is there anything that he doesn't have an excuse for? transey
  • Score: 4

10:07pm Sun 4 May 14

akabaz says...

No excuse for people like you transy
No excuse for people like you transy akabaz
  • Score: -2

12:29am Mon 5 May 14

pennstate says...

Absoltely shocking performance from an disenchanted set of individuals on the road to nowhere.
Dear Mr Smith,
Your comments do not compensate for the dire performances we have witnessed this season, and on behalf of the travelling spectators we deserve better.You have to take responsibiliy for the decline, the players seem to be trying, but there is no direction or balance. You forget that many fans spend a lot of money on the wire and to see their faces today was shocking. Mr Smith you made big changes at the end of the year, and I think you should reflect and tell us why. Your record of developing youth is truly shocking and that is the most worrying thing about your management. Well done Bradford, you made the best of what little you have, you made your fans proud.
Absoltely shocking performance from an disenchanted set of individuals on the road to nowhere. Dear Mr Smith, Your comments do not compensate for the dire performances we have witnessed this season, and on behalf of the travelling spectators we deserve better.You have to take responsibiliy for the decline, the players seem to be trying, but there is no direction or balance. You forget that many fans spend a lot of money on the wire and to see their faces today was shocking. Mr Smith you made big changes at the end of the year, and I think you should reflect and tell us why. Your record of developing youth is truly shocking and that is the most worrying thing about your management. Well done Bradford, you made the best of what little you have, you made your fans proud. pennstate
  • Score: 10

10:41am Mon 5 May 14

wolfitdown says...

Got to agree with pennstate concerning the management at present throughout the club, we all understood that there were to be big changes and trusted that the management had it all under control with players ready to slot in, it appears to have been a massive misjudgement.
The best we can hope for is that this season will decide who is or is not up to it with the microscope on some of the more experienced players.
Got to agree with pennstate concerning the management at present throughout the club, we all understood that there were to be big changes and trusted that the management had it all under control with players ready to slot in, it appears to have been a massive misjudgement. The best we can hope for is that this season will decide who is or is not up to it with the microscope on some of the more experienced players. wolfitdown
  • Score: 7

7:12pm Wed 7 May 14

JMB Old Hall says...

We have too many players at Warrington thinking they have a job for life and not playing to their potential and if supporters can see it surely Mr Smith can he is one of the best coaches in the super league If the players are not fit for purpose then get rid . Its not as if we are short of money we bring in seven kids and get rid of seven top class players So the wage bill must be considerably lower and not beyond the salary cap
We have too many players at Warrington thinking they have a job for life and not playing to their potential and if supporters can see it surely Mr Smith can he is one of the best coaches in the super league If the players are not fit for purpose then get rid . Its not as if we are short of money we bring in seven kids and get rid of seven top class players So the wage bill must be considerably lower and not beyond the salary cap JMB Old Hall
  • Score: 1

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