Smith: Additional experience made a difference

Tony Smith

Tony Smith

First published in Sport Warrington Guardian: by , Sports Editor

TONY Smith highlighted his key areas to Wolves’ success over Catalan Dragons.

He pinpointed the selection of experienced players, strong defence and a much improved kicking game in a response to recent poor form in Super League.

Wolves, with Stefan Ratchford and Ben Harrison joining Gene Ormsby in returning to the starting line-up, ended the French team’s four-match winning streak.

“It was just a better performance,” said, Wolves' head of coaching and rugby.

“We’ve been working hard on some things but this was not just about a response.

“We had a few more of our more senior players available to us and that showed.

“They’re getting into some fitness so they can start in the team, so it makes a difference.

“All the people who have been in there have been doing a good job for us, doing their best.

“It’s hard to be thrown in and expected just to gel straight away. That comes with some of the more experienced players who are able to bring some of that back to us.

“Hopefully over the next few weeks we can keep on impressing.

“And there were aspects of our game – our defence was very good.

“It was also very good last week on a lot of occasions. I think we missed 12 tackles last week and I bet we missed more tackles tonight but conceded two tries, and one of them was right at the death off a kick.

“We’ve still got work to do on aspects of our game but I thought the other massive improvement in us tonight was our kicking game.

“I think we had one poor kick that we didn’t get past the opposition with a ricochet.

“But most of the balls bounced our way tonight as well. I felt for the Catalans – they’re a good team and will dish some teams up this year, put some big scores on some teams because they’re a dangerous side.

“A lot of what they can do is unique to the Catalan Dragons. I admire the way they play and I like watching them play, but it wasn’t going to be their night.

“Some people will write them off but they’ll bounce back and bounce back with some vengeance as well I reckon.”

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11:20am Sat 10 May 14

wolfitdown says...

A much improved performance all around sending the fans home in a far happier state than in previous weeks, the first hint of improvement on view I hope, May is a difficult month fixture wise but if the performances continue to improve along that vein then we should be fine.
A much improved performance all around sending the fans home in a far happier state than in previous weeks, the first hint of improvement on view I hope, May is a difficult month fixture wise but if the performances continue to improve along that vein then we should be fine. wolfitdown
  • Score: 4

11:49am Sun 11 May 14

nitram says...

What struck me instantly was the team spirit,along with enthusiasm
What struck me instantly was the team spirit,along with enthusiasm nitram
  • Score: 3

12:20pm Sun 11 May 14

akabaz says...

Once again hardly any comments on the way we played, but when we lose there are so many negative comments it is unbelievable, so come on be positive
Once again hardly any comments on the way we played, but when we lose there are so many negative comments it is unbelievable, so come on be positive akabaz
  • Score: 2

1:52pm Sun 11 May 14

pennstate says...

Too true akabaz, but I am not going to give much credit to the management. Like you and others I noticed Monas bros, Waterhouse and Higham, talking to each player individually during the warm up. The match spirit was exceptional and Michael Monaghan ran the show knocking lumps ou of the Catalan forwards. Bridge is clearly fitter than last year and his kicking is sensational. Atkins takes a lot off the forwards by running the ball in hard and often. With a couple back next week we could give Saints a run for their money. Bit disappointd with Asotasi, because when he gets fired up eg HKR you can see he can do the business. It wuld be good for Smith to explain his strategy for the future because when Monas/Waterhouse go we will be vulnerable in the tackiling depament.
Too true akabaz, but I am not going to give much credit to the management. Like you and others I noticed Monas bros, Waterhouse and Higham, talking to each player individually during the warm up. The match spirit was exceptional and Michael Monaghan ran the show knocking lumps ou of the Catalan forwards. Bridge is clearly fitter than last year and his kicking is sensational. Atkins takes a lot off the forwards by running the ball in hard and often. With a couple back next week we could give Saints a run for their money. Bit disappointd with Asotasi, because when he gets fired up eg HKR you can see he can do the business. It wuld be good for Smith to explain his strategy for the future because when Monas/Waterhouse go we will be vulnerable in the tackiling depament. pennstate
  • Score: 3

11:20pm Sun 11 May 14

WiresVoyager_Paul says...

Much more of a performance from Wire that we've been waiting for but lacking for most of this season. We had enthusiasm, urgency about our play, tackling was much more focused/ stronger and more clinical in our attack.
We still gave away far too many cheap penalties and looked a little lost for direction at times but much better and more of the same will bring back the HJ match atmosphere which is seriously missing this season.

Still a long way to go and more improvement needed to match the better teams.
Much more of a performance from Wire that we've been waiting for but lacking for most of this season. We had enthusiasm, urgency about our play, tackling was much more focused/ stronger and more clinical in our attack. We still gave away far too many cheap penalties and looked a little lost for direction at times but much better and more of the same will bring back the HJ match atmosphere which is seriously missing this season. Still a long way to go and more improvement needed to match the better teams. WiresVoyager_Paul
  • Score: 2

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