Smith focus is solely on Warrington Wolves

Warrington Guardian: Westwood will return after three-match ban Westwood will return after three-match ban

TONY Smith played down catching the Super League leaders and is focussed only on Warrington Wolves' next outing.

Wolves host Salford Red Devils at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday, 3pm, with Smith's side looking to make it seven successive wins.

But despite St Helens, Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers all dropping points last weekend, Smith is only concerned with continuing Wolves' own form.

"At the moment we're putting pressure on some of our opponents so that's been good for us," said Wolves' head of coaching and rugby.

"We'll end up where we deserve to be, each game of rugby league is a contest every week and if you're not on your game you don't win.

"It's just the reality of the competition we play in, so if we perform well against Salford it gives us a chance to win that game but the rest will take care of itself."

Smith expects a tough test from Salford and in-form Rangi Chase, who enjoyed a 22-point haul in Iestyn Harris' side's defeat of Bradford Bulls on Sunday.

"We'll be up against a dangerous team," said Wolves' head of coaching and rugby. "Rangi was in great form at the weekend, he's always somebody you've got to be wary of.

"They'll have a formula that they play to, they've talked a lot about the new structures they want to play to so I think it's apparent that Iestyn is bringing in his ways that he wants them to play.

"We'll certainly need to be looking at that, when you've got people like Rangi and Gaz Hock there's always an unpredictability about them - at the same time we'd like to ask them a few questions."

Ben Westwood looks set to feature against Salford Red Devils on Sunday after a three-match ban, meaning young Joe Philbin could return to the under 19s.

"We've missed him for the last few weeks," said Smith. "The calibre of a player like that you're always going to miss, so we're looking forward to him coming in and hopefully he'll be fresh and ready to go.

"We'll have to make way for Bennie Westwood somehow and depending on who is fit it could be logical for Joe to miss out.

"Having said that he was fantastic in his approach to the game and did a great job, I'd have no hesitation to call upon him again, he just took it in his stride and performed really well."

Wolves are monitoring the fitness of Anthony England, the forward was named in the 19-man squad for Hull KR but failed to shake off a shoulder injury.

"We were hoping he was going to be ok but he didn't quite make it, so he'll have a fitness test later in the week," added Smith.

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