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Tony Smith hails Warrington Wolves' attacking display
TONY Smith loved seeing his Warrington Wolves charges put on an impressive attacking display at The Halliwell Jones Stadium in Super League Round 18.
Wolves extended their winning run to eight in a row with the defeat of Bradford Bulls, running in nine tries and clocking up 50 points in the process.
Smith felt certain aspects of Wolves’ display were verging on the ‘unbelievable’, but he admits he is always confident the group can perform to that level.
“Overall I thought some of attacking play was top draw,” said Wolves’ head of coaching and rugby. “Fantastic tries, I was going to say unbelievable but, no, they’re believable.
“These boys are very skilful and they’re encouraged to take some chances and play some rugby league and when they do they show what they can do.
“It was really entertaining stuff. Some aspects of our defence was al little bit disjointed at times but shows that Bradford were trying right until the end as well.
“They scored 24 points in the end so well done to them, but I loved watching the Wolves with the ball today and at times they were first class, top draw.”
Smith was also pleased to see a more fluent performance than the scrappy win over Salford Red Devils last Sunday.
“I thought a lot better fluency there,” he added. “The weather was great for it, for throwing the ball around, great offloads, good support play.
“Stefan (Ratchford) was outstanding, Micky Higham was terrific before he came off, I thought he led the way in the first half.
“I was also pleased for Gaz O’Brien in his recall, he was very good today with the ball and Matty Russell was the other one who caught my eye.
“He did some terrific stuff, he was strong right from the word go and another back, Ryan Atkins, I thought he was very strong defensively.
“He’s been on a roll defensively and also with the ball, but defensively as a group we wil probably take a bit more stock of ourselves for next week.”
Chris Hill’s run of 32 consecutive came to an end as he was rested by Smith, along with Chris Bridge, meaning academy graduate George King came in to make his debut.
“Hilly’s done a lot of game time this year,” explained Smith. “He’s been in sensational form and he had a break today.
“Hopefully that’ll be enough to put a bit more petrol in his tank for the next number of games. Bridgey is also fine and could’ve played today but bearing in mind it’s a good turnaround and we’ve got some good young blood.
“I thought George King was very good in his first game of Super League ever and acquitted himself very well, so it’s good to have another one available to us that will certainly strengthen us.”