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Warrington Wolves' Ireland international Ben Currie could go a long way, says Tony Smith
THE form of Ben Currie and the return of Richie Myler in the win at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats delighted Wolves boss Tony Smith.
Ireland international Currie, aged 19, produced some magic moments in both creating and scoring tries as Wolves made it three wins on the bounce to go fifth in Super League.
The former England Academy international, starting a Wolves first-team game at centre for the first time but moving into the forwards later on, finished off two tries perfectly as Wolves established an 18-0 lead late in the first half.
And he made two strong breaks to create tries for Chris Bridge and Richie Myler in the second period.
For the first, Currie created space for himself with skilful ball and footwork as he dummied a reverse inside pass to Gene Ormsby in order to bamboozle Wakefield debutant Richard Owen.
After stretching out his long legs the former 400m schoolboy athlete found Bridge on his inside with a perfect pass.
Then after breaking away down the same flank in the final moments he kicked inside for Myler to pounce for the final try.
“He was very good, terrfic,” said Wolves’ head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith.
“Ben played three different positions - right centre, left second row and loose forward. I don’t know which he played the best because he was very good in all of them.
“That’s a great attribute for a young man to have, to be able to play that well and in as many positions.
“He had a very good day. He’s exciting and I hope he continues to improve. We’ll see how far he goes. He could go a long, long way.”
Myler’s return came on the substitutes’ bench, with Smith keeping the starting half-back partnership of Chris Bridge and Stefan Ratchford.
“We gave him 33 minutes as a hit-out” said Smith.
“We’ve got a lot of options in our halves again, whereas for a while we didn’t.
“When you get people back from injury it gives you choices, it gives you competition and it gives you alternatives.
“But when you have a few injuries, you have to go with what you have got and sometimes even shuffle people around out of positions.
“We’re getting a few choices back and that puts pressure on each other.
“And if somebody is not quite right - like the Monaghans weren’t this week - we can say they don’t have to go out there and play with injury and risk further injury.”
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